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Water Washed Under Train Tracks on Hamburg Tpke., Chief Says

Road was closed for three hours while train contractors repaired tracks.

Hamburg Turnpike was shut down for more than three hours near Monday as contractors worked to repair a washout that brought three feet of water through the train tracks, according to Butler Fire Chief Jim Neill.

Neill said the responded around 5:08 p.m. to close the road to traffic while the railroad contractors worked to repair gravel under the tracks that had been washed out. The railroad tracks from water during the tropical storm that followed Hurricane Irene, although Neill said the water that came around the tracks last year was "much deeper."

According to Neill, the water came down a hill from the Terrace Lake spillway behind the Cambridge Heights condominium complex.

"It was coming across the road probably about 3 feet deep out of that stream," Neill said.

No injuries were reported, but Neill said there may have been exterior damage to Butler Printing, as water that was more than 2 feet high backed up against the business' building. Cars that were in the parking lot of the business had water up to the windows, Neill said.

A call to Butler Printing was not answered Tuesday.

Traffic backed up on Route 23 and throughout the borough until Hamburg Turnpike was reopened at about 8:15 p.m. Monday.

"The whole center of became solid traffic," Neill said.

Patch will have updates on this story.

Sherry August 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
this is very sad that a year ago to the day. This repeated it self and wasnt there grants that our town received. To use to repairs of last years flood damages So this would not repeat it self ? But for the chief and firefighters all the butler pd James Lampman and all that had this under control in such a short period of time hats off !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
New generation August 29, 2012 at 02:54 AM
The fire chief is the best his quick thinking saved many lives home and more so hats off to him
Zoo Keeper August 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Was the $18,000 electronic sign used to warn motorists of the problem?

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