Utica Flooding Preparations

The Governor is urging people to use extra caution as heavy rain and strong winds impact wide areas across New York State.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 5:48 PM

It’s fairly quiet at the Utica Department of Public Works, but DPW Commissioner Dave Short tells us that may change over the next 24 hours.

"If you get 2 inches of rain within a half hour-45 minutes, we’re going to have issues. We’re going to have some urban flooding there’s no doubt about it, but it depends on how it comes."

If we do see a downpour coupled with strong winds, it won’t take much for the storm drains to start plugging up with leaves. The DPW is advising residents to put their green waste at the curb, not on the street. They’d also like to see it put into containers when possible. Any debris left in the street can potentially end up causing drainage problems.

"During the week we have people around the clock working, so we already have staff on to keep an eye on our trouble spots, drive around, see what’s working and what’s not. If we need to bring in additional crews at that point we can."

There are several trouble spots around the City that are prone to flooding. Residents are being asked to help keep the drains clear to prevent flooding issues. Water drains from the City to the Mohawk River. One thing that can’t be prevented is the water backing up once the Mohawk River becomes over-saturated.

"Mother Nature is Mother Nature. She’s going to do what she wants to do. As much as we try to engineer around her, she is what she is."

While we are at the mercy of Mother Nature, you can always keep informed on what’s going to happen by staying tuned to NEWSChannel 2’s Weather Team. 

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