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Clifton Park works on clean up after weekend storm

Clifton Park works on clean up after weekend storm

CLIFTON PARK -- The town Highway Department has announced a week-long cleanup effort after a storm blew through town Saturday evening.

Crews will collecting debris residents put on the side of the curb on Thursday and Friday. Residents can see what day their pickup is by checking the town's website.

The storm left lawns littered with branches -- large and small -- and other debris.

Clifton Park Highway Superintendent Dahn Bull said that he started contacting his crew about the storm and subsequent cleanup efforts around 7 p.m. Winds reached 27 miles per hour in Saratoga County and as high as 36 miles per hour in nearby counties, according to the National Weather Service. Roads blocked by debris had to be cleared.

Wind damage from the storm was largely confined to areas south of Route 146A and Kinns Road, Bull said.

"Clifton Knolls, other developments got hit pretty good," he said on Monday. "We're trying to get an idea of an area to focus on."

Bull said cleanup efforts are typically a multi-pronged effort from the town, National Grid, the county Sheriff's Department and fire departments. 

"Right after the storm, my phone usually gets calls from all of those organizations," Bull said. 

The first goal in storm clearing, Bull said, is to get all roads that have been blocked by fallen trees or large branches cleared. Emergency dispatchers compile a list of locations that are blocked by something, Bull said, and then Highway Department crews head out to start the clearing process.

"Anything from just leaves in the road to full trees blocking the roads," he said. Since Saturday, 25 roads, from main roads to side roads, have been cleared, he said. "We opened up everything Saturday night, and came back Sunday morning and started cleaning things up."

Typically, the Highway Department is able to drag large tree limbs off lawns and store the logs away. Smaller branches are put into a wood-chipper and delivered to the town's transfer station. Residents who see branches hanging from trees in their yard are urged to call the town and not try to take them down themselves, which could be dangerous, he said.

Residents must have their brush at the edge of the road by the time the Highway Department patrols their neighborhood in order for it to be taken away.

 All debris must be at the curb and less than eight inches in diameter.

"We just ask homeowners to keep an eye on their trees that are along the roadside. We want to make sure that nothing is falling into the road," he said.

He added that the town would get around to cleaning everyone's debris eventually, noting that there are 231 miles of road in the town.

"It's a lot to cover. We just ask for their patience," he said.

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