Heavy rainfall, potential flooding expected Tuesday

WNYT Staff
Created: August 04, 2020 07:03 AM

ALBANY -- Parts of the Capital Region are preparing for heavy rainfall Tuesday.

You may remember last year, around this time, the city was hit with a massive downpour, turning some streets into rivers, and completely flooding others.


Albany Water Department Commissioner Joe Coffey told NewsChannel 13 then that the city installed underground storage tanks in flood-prone areas.

“So if we know we're going to get a rain bomb, we can draw down Washington Park Lake as much as we feasibly can and still maintain its recreational nature,” Coffey explained. “Then as the storm water enters the lake, and kind of rises, we hold that water back so it doesn't go into the combine sewer until it has the capacity."

The systems work the best if there is less than three inches of rain in a 24-hour span. That could be a problem later Tuesday.

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