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Schenectady City Hall to return to business Wednesday

Schenectady City Hall to return to business Wednesday

Schenectady City Hall will return to normal operating hours on Wednesday as crews continue to clean
Schenectady City Hall to return to business Wednesday
Firefighters and City workers pumped water out of the basement of City Hall in Schenectady, Nov. 14, 2016.
Photographer: Eric Jenks/For the Daily Gazette

Schenectady City Hall will return to normal operating hours on Wednesday as crews continue to clean up after the building’s basement flooded.

City Hall opened in a limited capacity Tuesday afternoon, when a reduced number of staffers were on duty. Heating wasn’t restored to all parts of the building Tuesday as contractors continued to repair damage.

The building is also not yet fully handicapped-accessible because the elevators are not working, according to a prepared statement. In addition, the furnace needs repairs, though city officials hoped heat would be fully restored by later Tuesday night.

The flooding was caused by a burst pipe that was discovered early Monday morning. The city fire department and other workers spent several hours Monday pumping water out of the basement. Officials estimated anywhere from 3 feet to 10 feet of water had to be drained from the building.

The basement contains some offices, the furnace, a hot water heater and other mechanical equipment. The furnace is about a year-and-a-half old, and the hot water tank was about nine months old, said Mayor Gary McCarthy.

The exact cause of the break had not yet been determined as of Tuesday afternoon, McCarthy said. He added that the cost of the damage was not clear as of Tuesday, but the city has insurance for such instances.

As a result of the flooding, Monday’s City Council meeting was rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in City Hall room 110. The meeting will be abbreviated, and councilors will meet only to consider legislation.

Reach Gazette reporter Brett Samuels at 395-3113, bsamuels@dailygazette.net or @Brett_Samuels27 on Twitter.

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