Buildings demolished after Schenectady mudslide

January 30, 2018 11:58 AM

SCHENECTADY – Nott Terrace in Schenectady reopened to traffic late Monday afternoon. It came after demolition crews in Schenectady were on the scene Monday tearing down the buildings affected by Sunday's mudslide.

The two homes and a garage on Barney Street were teetering over the edge of the hill that's more than 40-feet above Nott Terrace.

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Several people were hurt. Some were trapped and some had to be rescued. Nearly two-dozen people are homeless. Now, the question is what caused it. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy tells NewsChannel 13 he wants to hold off on answering that question until geologists and engineers have a little more time to investigate.

That being said, mudslides in Schenectady aren't all that unusual. The city is characterized by hills that look down over the downtown area.

On January 19, 1996, a man who was filling up his truck with gasoline on Broadway died when he was buried by the mud.

McCarthy also says the city has also spent about $74,000 in tearing down the buildings and police overtime. That does not include the cost of stabilizing the hillside.

The city has budgeted demolition expenses into their 2018 spending plan. Because it's early in the year, they aren't even close to reaching that number.

If they can prove there is a cause by the homeowner, the city will certainly go after that person – assuming the homeowner has the money to pay.


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