That thunderstorm late Tuesday afternoon hit the Albany area with around 2 inches of rain (plus hail) in a very short time, causing flash flooding in parts of the city.
Here's a roundup of tweets and Instagram pics of the flooding...
If the Storify stream doesn't load above, here's the direct link.
This sort of flooding has happened before and it will probably happen again because the Albany's sewer system is relatively ancient -- and it just can't keep up when there's so much water in such a short period of time. And that points to a larger issue: infrastructure.
Albany and many other cities in this area are old, and at some point infrastructure like sewers needs to be upgraded or replaced because it can no longer handle the strain or is just simply wearing out. (Hey, a century or more is a good run for anything.) But: Where does the money come from?
Albany and handful of other local municipalities are already looking at paying a combined $131 million to address the "combined sewer overflow" problem that results in raw sewage being dumped into the Hudson River (yeah, eww). And that situation highlights how expensive addressing these sorts of problems can be.
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