Warmer weather brings flooding concerns

February 19, 2018 05:52 PM

SCHENECTADY - Combine the warm-up with rain, snowmelt and ice jams and we've got a recipe for potential flooding in communities along local waterways.

The Mohawk River is a major concern because of a large ice jam. Now, 50,000 sandbags are being sent to the Capital Region to help people prepare.

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In River Park at the bottom of Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood, some water in the Mohawk is flowing, but most is still completely frozen. Temperatures are expected to soar even higher in the coming days, but snow is already melting and there are many puddles.

With the combination of warmer temperatures and more rain, plus melting snow, officials are worried it could lead to some ice jam flooding along the Mohawk River. State officials say they are monitoring the 17-mile ice jam stretch along the Mohawk very closely. New York State Emergency Management are out patrolling and keeping an eye on things.

Schenectady County Emergency Management along with Schenectady police and fire departments are all monitoring the Stockade neighborhood, which did see a little flooding from a warm up in January.

Schenectady city workers say they are really hoping they won't have to use the sandbags being provided. They say as of now, it's simply a precautionary measure.

Residents in the area have also said firefighters and emergency management officials have been going door getting information from people -- like how many people live at a home, do they have any medical conditions and do they have any pets in the home. This is in case the flooding is so bad that people will have to evacuate.

More information:

NewsChannel 13 First Warning Weather page

Download our NewsChannel 13 First Warning Weather app here.


WNYT Staff

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