Action plan in place for possible river flooding

February 20, 2018 05:40 PM

SCOTIA - As the temperature continues to rise, so do flooding concerns along local rivers. In Scotia, police have put out a warning to folks living and working along the Mohawk River. The warm weather may cause a lot of melting and ice jams could back up all of the water.

Scotia Fire Chief Ken Almy says the water level did go up a couple of feet during the late morning and early afternoon on Tuesday.

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An alert went out about the potential for significant river flooding for Wednesday. Officials say residents and businesses in the flood prone areas should be prepared to evacuate if needed. Those areas include Schonowee Avenue, Washington Avenue and into Glenville.

Almy says there are a lot of eyes on the river right now. Scotia sits along the middle of a 17-mile ice jam.

Emergency management officials had another meeting on Tuesday. They have a plan in place. Crews went door-to-door on Tuesday to talk to residents and businesses and tell them among other things that Schenectady County has an emergency notification system for landlines. People with unlisted numbers or cellphones must click here to sign up.

If needed, an emergency shelter will also be set up at Scotia-Glenville High School.

NewsChannel 13 also checked with emergency management in Montgomery and Warren counties. Montgomery County says they had some street level flooding Monday night and are monitoring the Mohawk as well as the Schoharie Creek. Meanwhile, Warren County is watching the Schroon River as well as the Hudson River.

Both counties tell us they don't expect significant flooding and expect to be able to manage conditions.


WNYT Staff

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