Rainy spring season impacts some local businesses

The Mohawk Valley saw more than eight inches of rainfall in May.

Posted: May 31, 2019 6:21 PM
Updated: May 31, 2019 11:49 PM

UTICA, N.Y - The Mohawk Valley saw more than eight inches of rainfall in May. That's the fourth highest amount on record and double our normal average.

This heavy amount of rainfall has impacted some of the area's local businesses, primarily those specializing in outdoor home improvement.

Joe Diperro is the owner of Seal-Rite Driveway Sealing, and said that it's been a rough few weeks for his business.

"This month has been absolutely terrible with all of the rain that we've had. I'm super backed up and I have a lot of work," said Diperro.

Even the smallest amount of rain could halt his whole business. He said the rain could cause what he calls a 'washout,' which is when the rain causes the sealer to splatter all over the customer's property - potentially causing serious damage.

Roofing companies have also been affected by the spring's heavy rain season. Padula and Sons owner Pete Padula said that the rain has taken its toll on his work schedule.

"We are behind in terms of scheduling. I would say we are now a month behind getting jobs done. We have about 30 employees right now that we are trying to keep busy so we can move forward and get back on schedule," said Padula.

Both Padula and Diperro are hopeful that the dryer weather will get them back on track.

"We hope it's going to be a warm hot summer, so let's see and we hope so," said Padula

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