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Inspection Of Floodwall Systems Underway In City Of Binghamton

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Exactly one year since summer flash flooding swept through Binghamton neighborhoods and other parts of the Southern Tier, the City of Binghamton is having its flood walls inspected to make sure the infrastructure is secure. 

A team of engineers started on that project yesterday. A robot with a camera attached is being used to get footage of the inside of 45 conduits, or stormwater pipes, to check for any deficiencies. The team of engineers from the firm Barton & Loguidice and Arold Construction will go through all the footage collected and flag any areas of concern for further investigation. 

"If they are leaking in a floodwall or within a levy, it could destabilize the flood wall and the flood levy," says City of Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

The state DEC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers require these inspections to be completed every five years. This year's inspection is costing the city $48,850. 

The conduits carry storm water and dump it into the river. City engineer, Ray Standish, says when the river can't hold any more, that water stays in the pipes, which then causes a back-up, sending it rushing out the opposite end. Standish says that's what happened last summer on Court Street on the city's east side.

Mud left behind on Court Street in August 2018 flash flooding.

The water rushed up over the street, burying the area in mud which took days to shovel away. Standish says the same engineering firm conducting the inspection on the conduits is installing a pump system on that side of the city to try and make sure that doesn't happen again.