“The water isn’t even safe to touch without special gear,” tweeted @brahmsposting. 

As a number of commentators pointed out on social media, the flooding punctuated the growing threat of the climate crisis and how it will affect the world’s most populous cities. 

“Looks like New York City declared their climate emergency just in time,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted sardonically. 

The flooding and heat wave, tweeted City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, makes clear that the “bottom line” for New Yorkers is to do what needs to be done to prepare for the effects of the crisis.

“We must do all we can to get our infrastructure ready,” Johnson said. “Every night like this we need to recommit ourselves to the global fight against climate change.”

But, as climate advocacy organization 350.org pointed out, not everyone is on board with that plan. 

“It’s worth noting that as New York City’s roads, subways, and other vital infrastructure struggle to deal with climate impacts, @NYGovCuomo is weighing whether to build a new, climate-wrecking fracked gas pipeline in the city’s harbor,” the group tweeted.

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