Flood threat remains as basements get pumped out

February 22, 2018 01:25 PM

A flood warning remains in effect for parts of Schenectady County, along the Mohawk River. There were voluntary evacuations from the Stockade neighborhood because of flooding.

Schenectady County Community College was closed on Thursday.

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Hoses were working to pump out the water from flooded basements on Ingersoll Avenue in Schenectady.

"It just happens. It's nature. It happens," said Selma Marley, a Stockade resident. "I have flood insurance. It will cover it."

"I opened up the basement door and I looked down and I'm like, 'Aw, heck, there's water down there now,'" said Susan Peek, Marley's tenant.

Downstream is another problem, where there's an ice jam not moving at all. First responders have been up since just after midnight – watching and waiting.

"We're watching upstream above Lock 7 and above Lock 8 to see what the conditions are up there. Everything has a trickle-down effect, so what happens up there will ultimately affect us down here and we're looking for flooding in low-lying areas that we have in our district," said Jake Oreshan III with the Boght Community Fire Department.

On Schaffer Drive in Latham, it was hard to see where the river ends and the backyard begins.

Meanwhile. town officials in Clifton Park say there is a potential for significant flooding in the southern portion of town -- including Riverview Road and the Vischer Ferry Preserve.

Back in Schenectady, what didn't melt over the last couple of days will cause further problems for the next couple of days.

"Thank God it didn't make it to my breaker boxes, so I didn't have to call an electrician. I've just got to get a plumber," said Marley. "After every flood, we clean everything all out. So anything that was down in the basement now is all trash. It will go out to the curb."

In Rotterdam, Route 5S has reopened to all traffic. Lower Gregg Road to Mabie Lane was shut down because of flooding.


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