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Colonie deals with aftermath of Irene

Several road closings and flooding reported around Colonie

— "A family on Hoffman drive were using a generator in their garage," he said/ "When there is improper ventilation, the fumes back up into the house. Fortunately they woke up."

Rayball said people need to make sure there is adequate ventilation when running a generator and people should also be cautious about the generator back feeding, which could harm utility workers.

Mahan has been driving around the area and visiting some sites that have been badly hit. She said all members of the Volunteer Fire Departments in the town and Department of Public Works people have started clean up.

"Everyone came together and municipalities came together," she said. "Overall, we tried to prepare in advance. We have the Emergency Operation Center open as well as the police department. Everyone is doing a great job."

There are still some areas without power but no large sections of the town, Rayball said.

For any emergencies, Mahan said to contact the communications division at 783-2744. Rayball advised for people to because with contractors offering to help with damages as people could potentially be scamming them.

"Make sure to work with reputable people," he said. "Take the necessary precautions and make sure to work with insurance companies on those claims."

UPDATE:

Rayball said most of the water is receding in most areas but there is still an issue with the Village One Apartments.

"Once the water goes below a certain point of the river, the storm drains will start taking in the water," he said.

There is still a voluntary evacuation order for the areas along the Mohawk River. He said for residents who feel safe to go back to their homes that they can do so.

Areas in the voluntary evacuation order are River Road, Northview Road, Forts Ferry Road, Shaker Bay and Takkenkill Road, Schaeffer Road, Alix Road and Islandview Road, Nemith Road, Schermerhorn Road, Crescent Terrace, Dunsbach Ferry Road, Cohoes Crescent Road, Maplewood, the Village One Apartments, Oakland Avenue, Elmwood Road Extension and Irving Place

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