Officials in Pulaski, New York are responding as the river rose twelve feet today. The fishing waters are in danger of mixing with raw sewage. Mayor Ernie Wheeler has declared the river a state of emergency. The constant rainfall caused the collapse of several retaining walls along the river banks of the Route 11 bridge, according to The Post-Standard.
Aside from the walls being a popular spot for fisherman, they also serve as a divergent for the sewage on the opposing side. This divergent is a buffer for a pumping station that moves 70 percent of the community's sewage to a nearby sewage plant, according to The Post-Standard.
The recent collapse of the walls and rising waters came within 25 yards of the pumping station.