Rain and snowmelt cause flooding concerns in parts of Capital Region

April 06, 2017 09:18 AM

WATERFORD - "It's pretty dangerous down here. It could come up at any time," said Waterford resident Matthew Mayo.

That’s the fear of many people in Waterford.  

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River levels have been inching up after days of rain and snowmelt caused by spring temperatures.

“It's disgusting. It's very disgusting," said Waterford resident David Lee.

With another rainstorm in the forecast, it’s expected to get worse.

The village visitor center, which sits near the intersection of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, already began taking on water Wednesday.

It was not a good sign for Lee, who lives just feet away. 

"If it gets to be too much we obviously will be told to leave and then when we can come back we just start the cleanup process," Lee said.

People who live nearby say it's not uncommon for the river levels to rise in the spring. 

However, how high the water gets depends on how much snow there was before it began to melt as well as mother nature.

In more than 50 years Lee’s home has flooded five times, including in 2011 during Hurricane Irene.

"We had about four feet of water inside the first floor," Lee said. "It was up to the tip of the trees when Hurricane Irene came in and that was really bad," he said.

The memories are still fresh for Mayo, who lives six blocks away.

"There's tons of pumps in everybody's basement. You know they're lucky to have that. But this thing has been flooding out so many times for over the years," Mayo said. 

Unfortunately, that isn’t anything new for many residents in Waterford. 

"If it gets to a point where you know you're going to get flooded then you move furniture upstairs or whatever," Lee said. "But you have a plan. We've done this before."

Waterford firefighters are keeping a close watch on the river levels in the event they need to evacuate residents. They said that will only happen if the water gets high enough to begin pouring into residents lawns and yards. 


Nia Hamm

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