The National Weather Service issued a sudden Flash Flood Warning shortly before 8:30 a.m. and lasting until 9:15 a.m., as a torrent of rainfall came down on Brooklyn, flooding homes, highways and and streets.

There was major flooding on the Belt Parkway near Cropsey Avenue, and the highway ultimately shut down for short period because of it. Eventually one lane in each direction reopened. Also near Cropsey Avenue, there were reports on the police scanner that cars were submerged on Shore Parkway, and even drifting in the current.

We heard about flooding from Plumb Beach all the way to Dyker Heights. Now that it’s over, we’re still waiting to hear about conditions in certain parts of the neighborhood, like the Plumb Beach bungalow courts and areas around Cropsey Avenue. If you know how it is, please fill us in in the comments!

Readers have kept us updated so far, sending in the following photos.

This one’s from the entrance to the Belt Parkway at Bay Parkway, going west:

Photo by Regina Sorkin.

Things aren’t much better on the Belt Parkway, even now that the rain has stopped. Reader Rachel Tarantul sent us a photo taken just a few minutes after 10:00 a.m. that shows water sitting in two lanes of the highway, and only one lane is open in each direction. She says traffic is terrible.

And this was by the Cropsey bus depot:

Photo by Regina Sorkin.

Along the border of Coney Island and Brighton Beach, this is from the parking lot of 601 Surf Avenue:

Photo by Regina Sorkin.

We’re also hearing about homes and building basements flooding. A reader tweeted to us that a Sheepshead Bay apartment building on Homecrest Avenue near Avenue Z had several inches of water. Our own Elle Spektor is dealing with a flooded basement in her Bensonhurst home. Here’s what it looked like in the streets near her:

And here’s one of a flooded Sheepshead Bay garage, on Avenue W and East 26th Street, from reader Danil Rudoy:

Nearby, on Avenue V between Brigham Street and Brown Street, reader nolastname snapped this. There’s about two inches of water filling up the alleyway.

In Manhattan Beach – an area that has certainly seen more than enough water lately – Albert Hasson sent us this photo of a car trying to get through what appears to be at least a foot of water on Ocean Avenue:

Hopefully now that the rain stopped – and almost exactly at 9:15 a.m., as the National Weather Service predicted – the water is receding and things getting back to normal. Make sure to let us know if there’s any lasting damage or floodwater in your area, and send photos and other information to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Updated (10:49 a.m.) to add the photo from nolastname.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/jasperavi Avi

    A few friends of mine in Sheepshead Bay (Nostrand and V to Ocean and M) have reported serious flooding in their houses from roofs to garages to basements.

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      After publishing this I finally got up to check mine. It’s flooded. And a chunk asphalt in my driveway that was supposed to be replaced today disappeared, so we’ve got a nice big hole in the ground. Hooray!

  • JR

    the garage photos say it all… people just don’t listen or learn that things (especially high priced items) shouldn’t be on the ground level where water can get to easily. items should be on shelves or not in a basement/garage except for lawn equipment and cars. Sandy wasn’t such a long time ago and already people are amazed at the power of mother nature in a 25 – 35 minute clip

    • Lew from Brooklyn

      If you live in my Council District and you have either a flooding or sewer back up problem, please call my district office at 718-241-9330. We are trying to DEP out as quickly as possible to locations in our area.
      Lew from Brooklyn

    • JR

      i had meant 2.5 to 3.5 hour clip *edit*

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