Gossips slept right through it, but apparently, around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Hudson experienced torrential rain, jolting thunder, and wind strong enough to make some consider taking shelter in the southwest corner of the basement. It was then that Hudson's new waste water treatment plant, which can handle 17 million gallons a day, was overwhelmed. For 23 minutes--from 2:06 to 2:29 a.m.--there was what is known as a CSO--combined sewer overflow--and untreated waste water spilled out into North Bay.
DPW superintendent Rob Perry reported this, as required, to DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and the Columbia County Department of Health and, as not necessarily required, to the public, at the Common Council Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday night. The good news is that, since not many people are taking showers or doing the laundry or flushing toilets at 2 o'clock in the morning, what overflowed into North Bay was storm water.