After recent flash flooding devastated much of Rensselaer County just over the border in New York state, residents and business owners are navigating the recovery process.

The path of destruction left by severe, heavy rains on July 14 took out trees, roadways, and culverts and deep floodwaters damaged homes and businesses. One county official said the damage was worse than the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

One of those businesses that suffered extensive damage from the deep floodwaters was The Towne Tavern in Averill Park, NY. A short drive from Pittsfield, the popular restaurant is famous for its smoked wings and BBQ and is beloved by locals and visitors alike.

via Daniel Dutch Facebook
via Daniel Dutch Facebook

On July 15 Towne Tavern owners provided this update via social media:

"We suffered extensive damage and loss from the floods yesterday. Thanks to a wonderful group of staff, family, and friends, the clean-up has begun. We have a restoration team coming in today, and will be updating everyone as we know more. We will be closed for business until we properly assess all damages and make repairs as needed. Our hearts go out to other local businesses and families who suffered loss and damage as well. Thank you for your support." 

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Owners gave another update on the progress and just announced yesterday that the eatery would officially reopen today, Friday, July 23 at 11:30 a.m. after new floors, a new parking lot, and freshly finished tables. And of course, a brand new shipment of food.


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