Storms leave $3 million of damage in wake

County workers continue their attempts to save a culvert running beneath Old Route 30 on the boarder of Duanesburg and Esperance in Schoharie County. The culvert became clogged during heavy storms, causing a Schoharie Creek tributary to sweep away a large swath of road surface.

The county will also continue sending crews to other areas of the county including Princetown and Glenville. VanHoesen called Wolf Hollow Road in Glenville "a disaster."

At the height of the storm on Wednesday, July 23, road closures were reported in Rotterdam, Princetown, Duanesburg and Glenville.

The damage included washed out roads and loss of major drainage structures. More than 100 houses also lost access to county roadways.

DOT Spokesman Peter Van Keuren said state crews had to make emergency repairs on Route 160 after a malfunctioning drainage pipe caused major flooding near the Thruway overpass on Sunday, July 27. He said the crew also had to do cleanup work to remove a thick layer of debris that surfaced during the flood.

"We don't yet know what are costs are," said Van Keuren. "We have secured partial funding and were may need more funding."

VanHoesen said that the county had reopened all but four of its roads by press time. He warned drivers to continue caution, especially while traveling roads with noticeable shoulder damage.

"There's a tremendous amount of shoulder damage and in some places there's no shoulder at all," said VanHoesen. "If you pull off the road, you'll go right down into a deep ditch."


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