Snow removal continues, infrastructure checked
Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 10:58 PM EST
COHOES -- Crews are
continuing to work on clearing snow after last week’s snow storm. Public Works
employees have been called in early and asked to stay late to get a handle on
it, putting the city at risk of going its snow removal budget.
budget is $50,000 for snow plowing and through the course of the winter we've
almost exhausted that and we're trying to do the best we can. We have reserves
if we need it. Public safety is number one,” said Mayor George Primeau.
The city could also face additional problems as temperatures start to rise.
Crews have prepared to handle flooding from the warm-up and water main breaks.
“It's an old infrastructure. One day we had five water breaks throughout the
city. What happens is a water break usually ties up four guys and on top of
that you have your garbage, you have recycling to do, couple that with what’s
going on,” said Primeau. “The magnitude of this storm was a tough one and the
other things that's not helping us is the temperature luckily we've got a
couple days it looks like we've been in the thaw.”