Storm damage plagues Schenectady County

Despite the severe thunderstorms that continue to cause damage across the Capital District, Schenectady County will see no federal assistance for storm-related repairs.

It is an extreme financial burden to the county, said William VanHoesen, county director of emergency management. "We are in tight budgetary times, and here is this expense that we can't get any assistance with."

VanHoesen said every county and state must meet a damage threshold in order to qualify for federal assistance. He said while the county has reached its $460,000 threshold with more than $3 million worth of damage, the state has not yet reached its $23 million threshold, and therefore, the county will not see any relief.

"The initial rounds of storms caused a great deal of severe damage," VanHoesen said.

Three county roads are still closed following the storms, which began Wednesday, July 23.

County workers are still trying to save a culvert running beneath Old Route 30 on the border of Duanesburg and Esperance in Schoharie County. The culvert became clogged during heavy storms, causing a Schoharie Creek tributary to sweep away a large portion of road surface. The road is still closed from the damage last month.

Muscle Back Road, also in Duanesburg, is closed because there is scouring on the footing, according to VanHoesen.

In Glenville, Wolf Hollow Road is still closed from the storm damage.

He said the hardest hit areas were Rotterdam, Princetown, Duanesburg and Glenville.

Rotterdam Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone said he did not have a hard figure as to how much damage the town sustained.

"It's hard at this time to quantify the damage, but we don't anticipate it to negatively affect us with regard to the budget," Tommasone said.

VanHoesen said the county experienced additional problems last weekend and Monday, Aug. 11, as rain soaked the Capital District, flooding many areas of Rensselaer County, where a state of emergency was declared.

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