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Twin counties hit with record rainfall

Oct 01, 2015 5:47 am
Charlie Holmes and Roger Hannigan Gilson are reporting in The Daily Mail on the consequences of the weather that hit Greene and Columbia counties, Wed., Sept. 30. The rain began shortly after midnight and by the afternoon flash floods were creating problems throughout the region. “Your area got the brunt of it,” National Weather Service meteorologist Evan Heloer said. Weather observers in East Windham and Tannersville reported 5.10 inches of rain by 12:19 p.m. to the National Weather Service in Albany, the highest 24-hour total for the area. Coxsackie village mayor Mark Evans had to close Mansion and Bailey streets, causing school buses to be detoured. Roads were reopened by 10 a.m. In Catskill, the west side of the village lost power and the fire department answered nine pump-out requests before 1 p.m. According to Catskill Fire Chief Harold Rivenburgh, Embought and Cauterskill roads both flooded. He said two school buses got stuck in rushing water on Cauterskill, near Vedders Road. The Catskill schools closed Wednesday morning due to flooding in Palenville. In Columbia County, heavy rainfall caused flooding and strained sewer lines, shutting roads and saturating basements with sewage. Route 9G/23B south of Hudson flooded around noon, forcing the closure of the road, and tractor-trailers heading west on highway had to back into Riverfront Industrial Park to turn back. And a Greenport sewer line running parallel to Fairview Avenue overflowed near Maple Avenue, Wednesday morning. Residents nearby more than a foot of sewage in their basements. Greenport wastewater workers tried to determine if there was blockage in the line or if it was flooded due to the rain. They attempted to clear the line by sending a mechanical bore in to clear any blockages. The Hudson Wastewater Treatment Facility discharged untreated wastewater and stormwater into the North Bay for at least an hour, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Water was discharged because the bypass pumps were already at full capacity and bar screens used to cull debris from the water were clogged. The DEC said an estimated 500 gallons per minute were discharged into the bay. More heavy rains from Hurricane Joaquin are expected this weekend. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.