Hoosick Falls, other Rensselaer County towns hit by flooding
Amanda Fries and Lauren Stanforth are reporting in the Times Union at least 10 homes in Hoosick Falls were evacuated Sat., Jul. 1, after thunderstorms flooded portions of the village and the nearby towns of Hoosick and Pittstown. The flooding comes as residents and local officials are battling water contamination caused by the toxic chemical PFOA. Both Pittstown and the Village of Hoosick Falls have declared states of emergency. At least three sinkholes opened up, one in the village the size of two tractor-trailers, and various roads were closed in Pittstown, Schaghticoke and the town of Hoosick, after an estimated 4 to 4.5 inches of rain fell within a few hours Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. A cost or timeline as to how long it will take to fix the damage are unknown at this point. Hoosick Falls Mayor Robert Allen said the flooding did not exacerbate the PFOA contamination, and he said the flooding did not compromise the municipality's water filtration system. Police are advising caution, telling residents to not enter a flooded basement as it may contain hazardous free-flowing chemicals or appliances that could cause electrocution. Read the full story in the Times Union.