The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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October 31, 2012

Superstorm has small effect locally

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Thanks to fairly accurate forecasts, Medina and its surrounding communities wound up overprepared for the inclement weather that hit the area Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Many had predicted the far-reaching winds of Hurricane Sandy would cause significant damage and flooding in the area. However, while the wind was strong and the rain severe at times, Medina Public Works Superintendent Pete Houseknecht said it was “business as usual” for his department.

“We had a few guys out (Tuesday morning) clearing off catch basins and checking for any major limbs that had fallen,” he said. He added that is standard practice in any major rainstorm, particularly in the fall before leaf pickup has occurred.

“It was a little more important to do because of all the leaves that are still on the road,” Houseknecht explained. The leaves can lead to blockages, which can lead to flooding. 

Houseknecht said any blockages were cleared early Tuesday and no one saw nor reported any downed limbs blocking any village roads.

In preparation for the effects of Sandy, Houseknecht said the DPW went through its normal storm readiness routine. The routine, much more normal in the winter in advance of significant snow events, includes making sure all of the department’s trucks are fueled, checking to ensure the proper function of the department’s generators, and fueling chainsaws to aide in the removal of any downed tree limbs.

Houseknecht said in Sandy’s case, the weather was nothing Medina had not seen before. “We really didn’t end up with that much more water than normal,” he said. To illustrate his point, he explained how the village’s wastewater treatment facility processes 1 to 1.5 million gallons of water on a daily basis during dry conditions. In rainy conditions, that number usually falls between 4 and 8 million gallons. The rain that fell as part of Sandy led to the plant processing about 6.5 million gallons. Houseknecht pointed out that Medina’s water plant is rated to process 10 million gallons.

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