TROY, N.Y. – The City of Troy announced that certain facilities will be closed and that this week's planned infrastructure improvement work has been delayed by the excessive rainfall and flash flood conditions that the region has experienced since Sunday, July 9.
The South Troy Pool facilities will be closed today, July 10.
5th Avenue will be open today. DPU will be closing 5th Avenue starting Tuesday through the end of the week from 102nd St to 104th St for gas and water maintenance projects. DPU will work to identify lead service lines while doing their other planned work as part of the City of Troy's region-leading lead service line replacement program.
The week's paving work schedule has been delayed by one day. DPW's paving schedule for this week now reads as follows:
Tuesday (7/11/23) & Wednesday (7/12/23)
• Brentwood Ave between Morrison Ave and Hadden Ln
• Crestwood Ave between Morrison Ave and Hadden Ln
• Hadden Ln between Brentwood Ave and Dead End
• Wilde St between Crestwood Ave and Hadden Ln
Wednesday (7/12/23) & Thursday (7/13/23)
• 6th Ave between Federal St and Hoosick St
"Climate change is resulting in more extreme weather affecting our community, including severe heat and intensified storms," said Troy Mayor Wm. Patrick Madden. "As our city workforce works this weekend to prepare us for heavy rainfall, we need your help to ensure sewer grates and storm drains are clear of debris so they are best able to handle surging water and mitigate this threat to our community."
Mayor Madden recommends that anyone who has ever experienced water in their basement move items from the floor that could be damaged by water. This storm has the potential to flood areas that do not typically flood.
According to the National Weather Service, "Flash floods are exactly what the name suggests: floods that happen in a flash! Flash floods generally develop within 6 hours of the immediate cause. Causes of flash flooding include heavy rain, ice or debris jams, and levee or dam failure. These floods exhibit a rapid rise of water over low-lying areas. In some cases, flooding may even occur well away from where heavy rain initially fell. This is especially common in the western United States where low lying areas may be very dry one minute, and filled with rushing water from upstream the next.
"There are many reasons that flash floods occur, but one of the most common is the result of copious amounts of rainfall from thunderstorms that cause flash flooding. This can also occur when slow-moving or multiple thunderstorms move over the same area. These sudden downpours can rapidly change the water levels in a stream or creek and turn small waterways into violent, raging rivers. Urban areas are especially prone to flash floods due to the large amounts of concrete and asphalt surfaces that do not allow water to penetrate into the soil easily."
Paving results in a smooth road surface and safer driving conditions. Milling is a process that removes a portion of the asphalt surface in preparation for future repaving. Due to the nature of the materials involved in roadwork and the conditions needed for proper setting, these projects are highly weather-sensitive and thus this schedule is weather-contingent and subject to change. Work generally begins at 6AM unless noted otherwise.
Motorists accustomed to street parking in these neighborhoods are encouraged to mind posted parking restrictions to avoid costly fines and towing. Commuters should expect to encounter roadwork in the area and are encouraged to seek alternate routes of travel if possible.