AMSTERDAM, NY (NEWS10) – Work continues on trying to repair a sewer break in Amsterdam. It’s leaking thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the Mohawk River.
Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is now calling on the Governor’s office to provide emergency funding to help pay for infrastructure repairs.
They estimate it will cost about $100,000 to fix the situation and that’s just a temporary fix.
A long-term solution could cost several hundred thousands of dollars more.
Santabarbara said the money would tremendously help this city with repairs, a city which is already financially in distress.
The break is somewhere along the North Chuctanunda Creek near Forest Avenue. But, this creek feeds right into the Mohawk River.
The DEC is reporting that sewage is spilling at of 50 gallons per minute.
This has been going on since Monday and this is the second time in recent weeks.
The city had already been trying to borrow money to fix that previous leak which dumped more than 500,000 gallons of sewage into the Mohawk.
Thursday, the city called in contractors to excavate the heavy rocks away from the area and put in a bypass.
That would pump the leaking sewage away from the leak.
They still need to find the exact location of the break in order to plug it and start repairs.
The Mayor told News10ABC that aging infrastructure is to blame. This is something that we are hearing again and again around the area and really across the state, whether it be water main breaks or sewer lines collapsing.