Twin counties hit with record rainfall
Oct 01, 2015 5:47 am
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.