GUILDERLAND, NY -- It was right in the middle of rush hour when a tree on Western Avenue came crashing down on power lines, halting traffic for several miles along Route 20.
"Where the tree is actually located it's on the side of a hill. What happened is saturation uprooted the tree and it fell on the lines," said Lt. James Bornt of the Westmere Fire Department.
When the fire department got on scene they say the tree was on fire.
"It's a big deal for them to close down Western like this," Bornt said.
Power was shut down for much of the area and the traffic tied up even more as traffic lights stopped working.
"First thing they have to do is clear limbs from road. Once they get limbs off, then they'll get power back up and repair damage," Bornt added.
Without high winds, fallen trees aren't the biggest concerns for firefighters as our area gets soaked with rain. Firefighters are more concerned about your home.
"We're looking at more pump outs in basements," Bornt explained.
Down the road from where the tree fell at ACE hardware, the store has stocked up on pumps.
"If you're just trying to remove water off of a floor and you don't have a sump pump then you have to go with a utility pump," said William Swartz, the general manager of ACE Hardware in Guilderland.
Williams Swartz says you can hook a utility pump up to a hose and start pumping water out. The pumps will run you anywhere from $50 to $100. If the water gets too high too fast, Swartz advises to call the fire department.
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