Cleanup continues after Troy flooding

August 22, 2019 05:39 PM

The volume of rain that fell Wednesday in Tory came fast and furious -- so much so it clogged the 48-inch in diameter sewer line underground, causing it to burst.

“It was a very unique storm," Mayor Patrick Madden said. "Not something I ever remember witnessing in my lifetime.”


City crews have been working tirelessly to make repairs and get roads reopened.

That clogged sewer line burst with such a high volume of water that it literally blew off manhole covers, triggering geysers three to four feet tall. The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que parking lot was left looking more like a pool.

On Sage Avenue, where crews spent the day milling and paving, the heavy rains ripped up roads, catch basins, and even some of the sidewalks.

The wet weather impacted local businesses, like Chom’s Café -- a Thai restaurant on Fourth Street. The owner was forced to close early right in the middle of dinner.

Because of the city’s topography, the mayor says the water picks up quite a bit of steam coming down the hill, which is hard to stop.: we asked if this can be prevented from from happening again?

"Nobody could remember a storm like that," Madden said. "The only way to deal with it is to create more sewer lines or larger sewer lines in the future.”

That's costly and not something in the near future, but certainly something to be thinking about.


WNYT Staff

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