Rensselaer County issues State of Emergency

Rensselaer County

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Rensselaer County has issued a state of emergency due to heavy rains and flash flooding. Residents are discouraged from unnecessary travel.

There has been up to 4 inches of rainfall in a few hours, which has led to flash flooding in parts of the county. Many roads are now impassable.

“Our folks are detouring roads, detouring traffic, getting the barrels up. We would just advise everybody — do not drive through standing water. It’s as dangerous as can be,” says Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

McLaughlin says a number of roads are temporarily closed, and some roads are completely washed out.

“Underneath the road, the culvert got overrun. In any case, it was a brand new culvert, only about a year old, and it just washed away underneath of the road. That’s going to be torn up and re-done as quickly as possible.”

Originally, over 7,000 residents lost power. Over a few hours, a majority of resident got their lights back on. Officials hope to lift the state of emergency by Friday morning.

“A lot of these roads are just flooded. As water recedes almost as quickly as it came in, it should recede fairly quickly. In a lot of cases, we’ll be back open tomorrow morning, but there’s going to be certain roads that will be closed for a week, possibly more, as we take apart the damage then put it all back together,” said McLaughlin.  

Crews will be working around the clock. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to stay at home.

“If you can stay home, please stay home, and let our crews get the jobs done. If you can, like we would say in a snow storm, stay off the roads. Let our crews do their jobs,” said McLaughlin.

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