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Landslide state of emergency expires in Schenectady

Landslide state of emergency expires in Schenectady

More work needs to be done on hillside, city says
Landslide state of emergency expires in Schenectady
A view of the landslide from Barney Street, with 223 Nott Terrace just below at right.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

SCHENECTADY — City officials have allowed a state of emergency that was enacted in the wake of a landslide late last month to expire.

The order is no longer needed because of “progress made in evaluating the situation,” city officials said in a prepared statement Wednesday. The landslide occurred on a hillside above Nott Terrace and below Barney Street.

Schenectady Fire Chief Ray Senecal also said the city allowed the State of Emergency to lapse because the weather is preventing them from doing any work.. The city will proceed with work to stabilize the hill once city officials are told by engineers that it is safe to do so.

City and emergency officials will meet at 4 p.m. on Friday to make those decisions. The expiration of the state of emergency does not mean residents who have been displaced from their homes are allowed back into those buildings, according to Senecal.

"We're being weather delayed," Senecal said.

The state of emergency was issued hours after the landslide, which happened at about 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 28. The initial state of emergency encompassed homes at 11 and 15 Barney St., as well as residences at 2 Daggett Terrace, and structures at 213, 219, 223, 225 and 227 Nott Terrace. The city expanded the order on Feb. 2 to encompass all buildings in an area bounded by State Street, Nott Terrace, Lottridge and Close streets.

The city also demolished the homes at 11 and 15 Barney St., along with a garage at 2 Daggett Terrace, after the buildings were deemed unstable. Trees and debris were also removed from the hillside during the state of emergency.

Schenectady City Corporation Counsel Carl Falotico said a State of Emergency lasts for five days after it is issued, unless extended or rescinded.

Senecal said the city allowed residents at some of the effected buildings, except for residents of 223 Nott Terrace, to enter their homes to retrieve any clothing, personal items and any important paperwork last week.

Engineers with GPI Engineering, who were hired by the city, completed soil boring to collect samples so they could evaluate sub-surface conditions of the hill earlier this week. Senecal said the results of those tests have not come back.

Mayor Gary McCarthy said the area still has “hazardous conditions,” and that there is still work that needs to be completed on the hill.

“Slope regrading and stabilization work is expected to resume upon soil boring analysis and as weather permits,” McCarthy said in the press release.

The landslide sent three residents of a Nott Terrace apartment to the hospital, including one man who was trapped inside the apartment for nearly an hour before he was extricated by emergency crews.

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