Father of 7 found dead in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal

by Joan Doak

A  father-of-seven was found dead in a canal a day after remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled the Northeast last week.

The body of Michael Robinson, 40, was discovered in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, near 25th St, around 12.45pm on September 2. 

According to police, Robinson was still wearing his headphones around his neck along with a baseball cap on his head when they pulled him from the canal. 

Of the 13 people killed by the storm, Robinson was one of two who didn’t die from flooding in a basement apartment.

Michael Robinson, pictured, was pulled dead from Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal last Thursday after NYC was pummeled by record rainfall during Storm Ida

Michael Robinson, pictured, was pulled dead from Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal last Thursday after NYC was pummeled by record rainfall during Storm Ida 

A New York City father-of-seven was found dead in a canal a day after remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled the Northeast last week. Pictured: Floodwater surrounds vehicles following heavy rain on an expressway in Brooklyn

A New York City father-of-seven was found dead in a canal a day after remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled the Northeast last week.

Pictured: Floodwater surrounds vehicles following heavy rain on an expressway in Brooklyn

At least 41 people have been killed in the Northeast, including a family of three with a two-year-old boy who drowned in a New York City basement, after the tail-end of Hurricane Ida crept up on the tri-state area on Wednesday night. Pictured: A fireman walks past cars as they pump floodwater from a nearby house in Brooklyn

At least 41 people have been killed in the Northeast, including a family of three with a two-year-old boy who drowned in a New York City basement, after the tail-end of Hurricane Ida crept up on the tri-state area on Wednesday night.

Pictured: A fireman walks past cars as they pump floodwater from a nearby house in Brooklyn

The body of Michael Robinson, 40, was discovered in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, near 25th St, around 12.45pm. on September 2. It is still unclear how Robinson ended up in the canal but his sister, Natasha Robinson, 39, believes her brother might have been walking to her apartment in Red Hook in the middle of the storm

The body of Michael Robinson, 40, was discovered in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, near 25th St, around 12.45pm.

on September 2. It is still unclear how Robinson ended up in the canal but his sister, Natasha Robinson, 39, believes her brother might have been walking to her apartment in Red Hook in the middle of the storm

It is still unclear how Robinson ended up in the canal but his sister, Natasha Robinson, 39, believes her brother might have been walking to her apartment in Red Hook in the middle of the storm.

‘He was my heart,’ said Natasha.

‘He loved his kids, my kids. He would take on your family and consider them his family.’

Natasha said her brother was temporarily residing in a shelter just a few blocks from the canal when he passed. 

Robinson was set to be relocated to a permanent residence later this month, his sister said. 

The storm brought a month's worth of rain in less than a day, flooding homes while people slept and tearing up parts of New Jersey with tornadoes

The storm brought a month’s worth of rain in less than a day, flooding homes while people slept and tearing up parts of New Jersey with tornadoes

The total death toll in New York City rose to 12 on Thursday night as the remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled into the tri-state area

The total death toll in New York City rose to 12 on Thursday night as the remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled into the tri-state area 

‘He had hard times just like anyone,’ said Natasha.

‘But he was a devoted father. He spent time with five of his kids at their mother’s place on Staten Island last Tuesday before he died.’

Robinson grew up in Brooklyn and Queens and is one of five siblings. According to his sister, he worked as a handyman, repairing everything from ‘electronics to cars to stuff around your house.’ 

Natasha hopes authorities can provide her with more details as to how her brother died. 

‘I can never feel better because he’s gone but I want to know for sure that it was an accident,’ she said.

‘I want his kids to be at ease knowing the truth.’   

Hurricane Ida flooded Brooklyn streets Wednesday night as the remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled into the Northeast

Hurricane Ida flooded Brooklyn streets Wednesday night as the remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled into the Northeast  

As a result of flooding, the entire New York subway system was suspended and remained largely out of use on Thursday morning

As a result of flooding, the entire New York subway system was suspended and remained largely out of use on Thursday morning

At least 41 people have been killed in the Northeast, including a family of three with a two-year-old boy who drowned in a basement, after the tail-end of Hurricane Ida crept up on the tri-state area on Wednesday night bringing a month’s worth of rain in less than a day, flooding homes while people slept and tearing up parts of New Jersey with tornadoes.

Eleven people were killed as water rushed into basement apartments in Brooklyn and Queens and people all over the city became stranded in flooded subway stations. MTA bus drivers were deployed to the stations to pick people up who were stranded and get them to safety.

The entire subway system was suspended and remains largely out of use on Thursday morning.

AMTRAK has canceled services between Boston and Philadelphia and all of United Airlines’ flights out of Newark were suspended on Thursday morning – some 300.   

Eleven of the NYC victims died in flooded basement homes. One person was found in the backseat of a car on Thursday morning, at around 10am. 

They were in the backseat of the vehicle and had drifted from the Grand Central Parkway, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced on Thursday.  A tenth man died in a vehicle in upstate New York. 

The total death toll in New York City rose to 12 on Thursday night. 

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