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Schenectady slope repairs to start Monday

Schenectady slope repairs to start Monday

City officials: Weather could stall efforts to make homes safe again
Schenectady slope repairs to start Monday
The site of the Nott Terrace landslide seen on Jan. 31, 2018.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCHENECTADY — Remediation work in the wake of a destructive landslide on Nott Terrace two weeks ago may start on Monday.

City leaders met Friday afternoon and decided repairs to the slope that collapsed on Jan. 28 can start next week, despite light snow and rain forecast for this weekend. Cold weather could still interfere with the plans, they cautioned. 

The city has hired Carver Companies, of Altamont, to do the remediation work for $94,500.

"We're hoping to break ground on Monday," city Fire Chief Ray Senecal said. "Public safety is our first goal ... but we'd like to get people back into their homes as soon as possible."

The slide occurred on a hillside above Nott Terrace and below Barney Street. It injured three people in a house on Nott Terrac,e near the MVP Health care headquarters. One of the three was hospitalized. A total of 11 people were evacuated.

Senecal said the city has been waiting for weather conditions to improve before starting the remediation, and for the results of soil borings that will help determine how the slope should be repaired. The work is expected to take a week or two, though it could take longer "if the weather isn't cooperative."

Until the slope is stabilized, those who live on Nott Terrace aren't being allowed to move back.

Senecal said Carver will regrade the slope, but he wasn't sure, as of Friday, what techniques or technologies will be used to make the slope stable.

City officials earlier this week allowed a state of emergency, enacted in the wake of the landslide, to expire.

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

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

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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