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Albany declares State of Emergency in wake of storm

ALBANY -- Mayor Kathy Sheehan declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday in the wake of a major storm.

The heavy rainfall dumped about 2.5 inches of rain in less than an hour, causing widespread flooding problems, as well as downed trees and other debris. The Mayor's office says crews worked through the night, and hope to complete removal of debris by the end of the day on Wednesday.

"We are working as quickly as possible to address the many issues arising in the aftermath of this rare and serious storm," says Sheehan. The city is also taking steps to assist residents and business owned hit by the storm:
  • Shelter and Assistance:  The Red Cross is working with the City of Albany to provide assistance and shelter to victims of the storm.  Residents who need this type of assistance may call 518-458-8111, and push #1for Disaster Assistance. 
  • Clean-up:  We understand that many residents experienced flooding as a result of the storm. Residents are asked to assist City crews by helping to unblock storm drain catch basins in the curbline that may have otherwise become plugged by leaves and other debris. We are requesting residents store debris they have until their next regularly scheduled trash day.  Residents who are unable to store trash and debris until their scheduled pickup may contact the Department of General Services at 434-2489. Every effort will be made to pick up items as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that given the extent of the damage, it may be a day or two before the items can be removed. 
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