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Rensselaer County recovers from storm damage

Jul 16, 2021 5:55 am

Michael Gwizdala reports in the Troy Record that Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming both declared a state of emergency after storms damaged areas in the county July 14. "What happened was some thunderstorms developed and they kept repeatedly tracking over Rensselaer County for two or three hours and the rainfall amounts ranged between two and four-and-a-half inches in that short period of time," said National Weather Service Albany Meteorologist Neil Stuart. A bridge on Taborton Road washed away during the storm. And Fleming said there were, "significant impacts at the Dewey Loeffel Superfund Site and torn-up Little Thunder Brook.... The damage done from last night's storm was worse than Hurricane Irene. We have lost new road construction, roads that have never flooded and culverts, across much of the northern part of town." And the National Weather Service predicts more rain this weekend. "We're keeping an eye on [it] but it's early to really zero in on specific areas that may have a flood threat over the weekend," Stuart said. Read more about this story in the Troy Record.