The seawater was higher than the fire hydrants, and the firefighters had to duck down into it to connect the hose.
Five feet of seawater tore through the streets of the low-lying Brooklyn neighborhood Monday night.
But it remains to be seen how that next step will come off—pumps for bringing in the seawater are damaged and need to be repaired.
Salt water, normally with a salinity of 35 parts per thousand (3.5%), in or coming from the sea or ocean. Although seawater contains more than 70 elements, most seawater salts are ions of six major elements: chloride, sodium, sulfate, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. The major sources of these salts are underwater volcanic eruptions, chemical reactions involving volcanic matter, and chemical weathering of rocks on the coasts. Seawater is believed to have had the same salinity for billions of years.