City of Albany Water Department prepares for possible flooding

WNYT Staff
Updated: August 04, 2020 06:25 AM
Created: August 04, 2020 06:17 AM

The Albany Water Department wants residents to be cautious when it comes to expected heavy rain Tuesday.


While some people may be fine when the rain starts to fall, others may want to take precautions if flooding is something they usually experience are their home.

If you typically experience street or basement flooding, make sure you store your belongings and put them in waterproof bins. You will also want to check the sub-pump in your basement if you have one.

The water department said it also did some preparations ahead of Tuesday’s rain.

"We have our crews go out and really address some of the catch basins that are generally in the most historic low lying areas, which have had some flooding issues, just to make sure they are open and clear,” City of Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey said.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple also tweeted about the upcoming rain. Since the entire area has experienced dry conditions, Sheriff Apple said that widespread flooding is not anticipated.

However, when the main storm arrives, high rainfall rates may produce flash flooding in low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage.

To hear more about the preparations, click on Emily De Vito’s report.

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