Much of Brooklyn Is Vulnerable to Storm
By Samantha Gross, A.P. and Raanan Geberer
BROOKLYN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday urged New York City residents living in low-lying areas to line up a place to stay on high ground in case of an evacuation this weekend due to Hurricane Irene.
Bloomberg said that he expected to make a decision by late Friday whether residents in the city’s so-called “Zone-A” would need to evacuate ahead of the storm that’s now expected to hit the city Sunday. In Brooklyn, Zone A includes the Coney Island peninsula, part of Gravesend, Red Hook, the Sunset Park industrial piers, the Navy Yard area, the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront, Sheepshead Bay and the Belt Parkway.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has also set up sites for evacuation centers in the event of a serious storm. Most of these are schools — in Brooklyn, they include Clara Barton High School, Roosevelt High School, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Brooklyn Technical High School and several middle schools.