Troy seeking money to pay for water main break repairs

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Troy officials are trying to determine how to pay for the repairs needed to fix a major water main break.

Sunday morning, a 100-year-old pipe that supplies water to most of the city burst, and water flooded the streets in Lansingburgh.

The water has since been restored, but Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello reminded residents on Monday to continue limiting their use of water. The town of Waterford and the town of Halfmoon also declared states of emergency in their communities in connection to the break.

According to Mantello and a recent audit released by the state comptroller, the city used up millions in its water fund over the past few years to balance budgets. She said there’s nothing left to pay to repair the pipe.

“We may be looking at a $2.5 million gap at the end of the year, so we may have to ask for state assistance,” Mantello said.

Richard Bendon is just one homeowner who was impacted by the break. His basement was flooded, and he came to the Lansingburgh Fire House on Monday to pick up a cleaning kit from the Red Cross.

“It’s not the first time there’s been one in the area,” he said. “There was one up the street last year. Hopefully, this is the end.”

Officials suspect aging infrastructure is to blame for the break, but they are still investigating the exact cause.

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