State of Emergency declared following Schenectady mudslide

January 29, 2018 11:03 AM


“Just seeing the mudslide and how they got my son out, it was amazing,” said Lisa Kelly. 

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Kelley said it brings her to tears. 

“Actually they were all trapped underneath but he was the only one that was actually underneath the mudslide itself,” she said. 

Kelley is referring to her 19-year-old son who was airlifted to Albany Medical Center after a mudslide slammed into his Schenectady home on 223 Nott Terrace just after 1am Sunday.

Kelly's brother and nephew were also inside at the time. 

“The other two they got out ok with some scrapes and bruises,” Kelley said. 

223 Nott Terrace was evacuated along with two other buildings. 

“It's a geological formation in the city of Schenectady that does have some instability on it,” said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

The slope failure originated behind Nott Terrace at the end of Barney Street underneath a vacant home that is now in danger of falling.

It is scheduled to be demolished on Monday. 

“There's nothing supporting a good portion of the foundation,” McCarthy said. 

McCarthy has declared a State of Emergency, which covers 223 Nott Terrace, 213 Nott Terrace, 219 Nott Terrace, 225 Nott Terrace, 227 Nott Terrace, 11 Barney Street, 15 Barney Street and 2 Daggett Terrace.

He said the embankment where the mudslide starts slopes into Nott Terrace, which endangers the community.

Kelly is just happy her son is alive to talk about it. 

He turns 20-years-old on Wednesday. 

“He was very scared but he's doing ok now,” Kelley said. “He's doing ok.”

Mayor McCarthy said engineers are trying to figure out the cause of the mudslide. 

Road closures are also in place. Nott Terrace will be closed from Chapel Street to State Street in both directions. Employees who utilize the parking garage on Chapel Street will be granted access. 

Signs for local detours will be posted.  Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area as much as possible due to heavy traffic flow.  


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