Schenectady's Stockade residents keep watchful eye on Mohawk River

January 23, 2018 06:43 PM

SCHENECTADY - The people who live in Schenectady's Stockade section are comparing this year's January thaw to January thaws that they have experienced in the past.

Many of the old-timers have seen numerous ice jams, flooding and evacuations at the Mohawk River.

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Everybody is keeping their fingers crossed that won't happen. There is no indication that it will.

There isn't a single person in the Stockade, young or old, who isn't appreciative of the mercy shown so far by Mother Nature.

While the ice chunks along the Mohawk are quite spectacular to look at, people also realize how dangerous they are and that they could pose a threat to their property.

About 12 miles of river east of the Stockade, down to Lock 7 in Niskayuna is just a long sheet of ice. NewsChannel 13 saw water flowing over the dam. That's what people want to see continue.

People are well aware what they're seeing now might be a little more threatening than what they're seeing in recent years, but they also know it's not nearly as dangerous as it could be.

"Most of us the last few years are sort of feeling like the winters were warm enough that the river didn't freeze to the degree where you would have the risk of ice jams and the thaw occurred where the ice melted first," explained Carol DelaMarter, the president of the Stockade Neighborhood Association.

Many volunteer river watchers, Schenectady Police Department personnel, a person from New York State Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security are keeping an eye out for any changes.


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