SCHENECTADY — Construction crews made modifications Tuesday to a water main running beneath Barney Street in preparation of stabilizing the slope below.
Employees with Carver Companies, the company hired by the city to work on the slope stabilization project, were seen Tuesday on Barney Street installing a new stormwater system manhole. This was done after they cut back the water main under the street so it won’t be so close to the edge of the slope once the hill is regraded, according to Carver foreman Eric Klefbeck.
The water main was capped after it was cut back, Klefbeck said.
Schenectady Fire Chief Ray Senecal said a service pipe that broke and flooded the basement of 11 Barney St. prior to the landslide was connected to that water main.
City officials said water service was shut off to the building when they discovered the leak, after tracing a patch of ice at the intersection of Lottridge Street and Nott Terrace back to the home the Friday before the disaster.
The landslide occurred about 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 28 on the hillside above Nott Terrace. Debris from the slide crashed into the back of 223 Nott Terrace. It resulted in three people being sent to the hospital, with one being airlifted to Albany Medical Center after being trapped by debris.
A total of 27 people along Nott Terrace were displaced following the landslide, according to the American Red Cross.
Senecal said the cause of the landslide has not been determined.
Carver Companies of Altamont was hired for approximately $94,500 to make the slope safe again.
Klefbeck said water was shut off to residents on the road for about three hours earlier Tuesday, but it was later restored. He said officials went around on Monday to alert residents about the water interruption to give them a day's notice.
Tree stumps and other debris will be removed from the hill Wednesday in preparation for regrading the slope on Thursday. Klefbeck said that’s when crews will dig into the hill and fill it in with medium stone fill to stabilize it.
Senecal said work will continue on the slope as long as the weather allows.
“We think the weather is with them,” Senecal said. “But that can change.”