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Storms cause flooding at Harlem City Hall

Posted: August 13, 2012 - 1:04pm  |  Updated: August 15, 2012 - 12:03am

Last week’s heavy rains had Harlem City Hall feeling a little under the weather and under water – twice.

Last Tuesday’s storm, which dumped more than 5 inches on Harlem, flooded City Hall and left the carpet wet throughout the building. When a second storm came through on Saturday, the building flooded again.

“This was nothing like we have had in the past,” said Harlem city manager Jason Rizner. “There has been a little water that seeped in during heavy rains, but nothing like this. But when you get that kind of rainfall, this is the kind of thing that will happen.”

Although the flooding, which Rizner estimates might have totaled half an inch of water in the building, was minimal, measures are being taken to ensure the building does not flood again.

“We are going to take some steps to remedy some of the drainage issues,” he said. “We do want to be sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker said that while she has had some reports of trees down and flooding in private homes, county property weathered the storms relatively well. She said trees had to be cut at Hereford Farm Road and Columbia Road and that part of the road washed out on Reynolds Farm Road.

Matt Schlachter, the director of Columbia County’s construction and maintenance division, said county crews had to haul in rock to shore up Reynolds Farm Road, but said most of the expense from the storm will be in manpower. He said he was still calculating that total.

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