Watchful eyes remain on looming flood threat

February 21, 2018 06:42 PM

Not everyone was happy about Wednesday's record warmth. The combination with the snow and extreme cold we saw earlier this winter have created a massive ice jam on the Mohawk River.

Water continues to rise behind it prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning.

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Several streets were closed in the Stockade section of Schenectady on Wednesday, and Schenectady County Community College cancelled classes because their parking lot is flood prone.

As of early Wednesday evening, some people on Ingersoll Avenue were told to evacuate. National Grid was also going from house to house to see if anyone's power needed to be turned off.

However, officials were standing by just in case, because a few homes have flooding up to their front steps and into their basements. The problem with ice jam flooding is it can happen so quickly that it's hard for emergency crews to know when it could hit.

One resident whose house is right by the Mohawk says he was expecting for his basement to flood, but he's really hoping it just stops there.

While flooding is a common occurrence in the Stockade area and is something that residents are just naturally ready for, for others this is their first time experiencing it.

"We come down here and play on this playground and this park a lot and now it's underwater, so it looks like we're going to be not be playing on it for a while. We don't know how long that will last,” conceded Daniel Armstrong, a resident. "We're interested to see how high it comes since it is our first flood in New York."

"It's nice to watch the boats in the summer and this is going to happen with nature you know, and you got nature and you got ice, that's it," acknowledged Susan Peek, another resident.

Fortunately, the floodwaters were starting to recede a bit by Wednesday evening.


WNYT Staff

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