GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – All of the lanes have been reopened after heavy rains flooded a stretch of Western Avenue Tuesday morning.
After nearly five hours of detouring traffic in the middle of the morning commute, a couple of police officers decided to help move things along.
Officers grabbed a couple of shovels and started digging away debris clogging drains, including a hub cap.
Things are drastically different compared to what was occurring earlier Tuesday morning. The water has receded and all lanes of Western Avenue have been reopened.
Flooding on Western Avenue was the result of a storm that many may have woken up by in the middle of the night. The thunder was booming and a lot of rain fell in a short period of time.
Something a stretch on Western Avenue cannot handle.
Almost anytime there is flooding, police are forced to shut the road down. Despite efforts to keep drivers away, there is always one or two who try to test out the waters.
Police say Western Avenue tends to flood because of the plumbing surrounding a creek. It was an issue that was supposed to be fixed, but is still in the works.