Hydrant-flow program continues in West End

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh City Fire Department is continuing its hydrant water-flow program, inspecting hydrants and letting them flow for three to five minutes.

The program takes place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

As hydrants are allowed to flow, the water in the system will be stirred up and may appear cloudy or rust colored as it comes from taps. Bathing and washing clothing should be avoided during that time.

Motorists are asked to take care when driving past a flowing hydrant and the Fire Department personnel conducting the inspection.

Today’s streets are: Park, Concord, Lexington, Trembley, Dennis and Hillcrest avenues. 

 

Gas prices continue to rise around NY

NEW YORK — Average retail gasoline prices in New York have risen 4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.90 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York.

This compares with the national average that has increased 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.

Prices Sunday were 18.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 4.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 4.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“While concerns in Iraq have led to higher prices in many areas across the nation in the last week, a new concern has come to light: a possible increase in the federal gasoline tax,” GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

“There are a few different situations that bear monitoring that could have an impact at the pump: Iraq, the Feds (raising gas taxes) and the peak of hurricane season, which is coming soon.

“While this week at the pump could be a quiet one, especially if there’s no major Iraq news, motorists still face the threat of higher prices later in the summer, and watching lawmakers debate raising gasoline taxes certainly is worth monitoring,” DeHaan said.

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