Ice jam creates concerns in Schenectady

January 19, 2018 01:08 PM

SCHENECTADY - As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, ice jams and warmer temperatures are raising the potential for flooding. People living in the Stockade section of Schenectady are watching the Mohawk River very closely.

Both Schenectady and the town of Glenville have issued warnings to those residents who live along the Mohawk River to be prepared – especially those in low-lying areas of Schenectady.

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The ice chunks are piled up along the Mohawk River in a familiar spot.

"The longer and slower the melt is, the less chance that it's going to get really crazy," said David Giacalone, who lives in the Stockade section.

The photographer and blogger took photos of the last ice jam in 2010. Eight years later, he's keeping a lens and an eye trained on it once more.

"That means there is an awful lot if it starts, but I think it has to crack in a bunch of places before you have to worry," he said. "Unless there's a lot of rain, I don't think 40 degrees for a day or two is going to change this much."

Schenectady city officials along with emergency management for the county are also keeping a watch and are ready for any evacuation if necessary.

"Depending upon what happens this weekend, you know, unfortunately, it's not something we can predict, but we'll kind of base things and take things as they go," said Sgt. Matt Dearing with the Schenectady Police Department.

Barricades are still in place from last week when the ice rose.

Schenectady police have also started a rapid notification system. You can sign up for it by clicking the link below.

More information:

Schenectady County Emergency Management Rapid Notify System


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