Residents expressing concerns about weekend flooding

Utica received 3.2 inches of rain within a matter of hours on Saturday. It was enough to overwhelm the city's drains to where it caused torrential flooding throughout the area.

Posted: Aug 18, 2019 6:47 PM

UTICA, N.Y. --- Utica received 3.2 inches of rain within a matter of hours on Saturday. It was enough to overwhelm the city's drains, causing torrential flooding throughout the area.

Herman Williams sat on his porch and watched as DPW crews cleaned up the area roads. He found himself yet again cleaning the mud out of his basement, and he wasn't happy.

Residents said that this wasn't the first time this has happened either. Especially, with certain sections of Route 12.

"Every year since they built this, it constantly floods. It's causing residents in the area constant problems with flooding and I think it should be considered a flood zone," said Richard Houle.

Utica DPW Commissioner Dave Short said that the rain normally drains into the Mohawk River, but because of that large amount of rain that fell so quickly, it had nowhere to go.

"It's all about capacity and where it goes. When the river rises our ability to get the water out cannot go anywhere because the river is up, we can't force it out. So at that point, it surcharges back into our system," said Short.

Dave Short said the only solution for the flooding would be to make the Mohawk River larger. So at this point, there is no immediate solution.

State DOT officials will be working with the city for possible future solutions to flooding.

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