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If the experiment works, the city will save a great deal of money. (Photo courtesy: Jody Usry) If the experiment works, the city will save a great deal of money. (Photo courtesy: Jody Usry)
(Photo courtesy: Jody Usry) (Photo courtesy: Jody Usry)
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January 2, 2007

Albany -- There's nothing worse than going to an indoor event and getting rained on. But that's something that keeps happening at the Albany Civic Center.

Since the Civic Center was built, there has been a problem with leaking at the door ways where lower roofs act as gutters for the upper roofs when it rains. The problem is that water reaches a depth higher than the base flashings during heavy rains, and overflows into the building.

Now, a new experiment is in place to see if the pesky problem can finally be fixed without costing taxpayers a lot of money. Piping has been connected from the upper roofs on one entrance. The goal is that next time it rains, the water will go down these pipes, and not into the Civic Center.

"I hope this will alleviate the problem, that we can duplicate it on the other three small roofs and eliminate the problem without having to raise the windows, which would be a significant cost to the taxpayers, which we would all like to avoid," said Jody Usry.

A new roof, put on the building last year has stopped all leaking inside, but because the base flashings are lower than with the original roofing, it's causing water to overflow.

If the experiment works, the entire project should be relatively inexpensive-- less than $12,000.

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