Warm weather causes flooding ahead of another cold snap

January 13, 2018 11:24 PM

SCHENECTADY -- The welcomed warmer weather on Friday caused some flooding in communities across the Capital Region.

“Nice warm winter, sun bathing weather,” said Schenectady resident Lawrence James. 

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“The change from yesterday to today obviously with the temperatures, yesterday it seemed to be just a flat plane of ice,” said Derrick D'Amico.

The 60-plus degree temperatures Friday turned some of that ice in the Mohawk River back to water, which crept into Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood where James and Cindy Cseh live. 

“Cindy texted me and said water's climbing up the street so I came down to have a look and see how far it was climbing,” James said. 

“Earlier it was a beautiful scene,” Cseh said. “There was snow and ice on the river. The next time I went down, the ice broke.” 

They pair said the last time there was major flooding on North Ferry Street where they live - or in the neighborhood - was during Hurricane Irene.” 

“But this is nowhere near that,” James said.

However, the flooding in the Stockade - New York's first historic district -- is being caused by a problem nearly 8 miles away. 

Police say the Mohawk River at Lock 7 Park has turned into ice, which is preventing the water from flowing properly and causing it to overflow into the city. 

D'Amico has lived on Front Street in the Stockade for 17 years. 

“The water's flowing and it's rising,” D'Amico said. “It is a concern but we don't think it's going to come all the way up to Front Street but we are worried about the people on the side streets.” 

“I came out and I saw water coming up in the street,” said Selma Jarley. “So far it's just in the street.”

Marley hopes that is where it stays so her home on Ingersoll Avenue where she has lived for 13 years is spared. 
James, on the other hand, is not losing sleep over it. 

“No not nervous at all,” he said.

Schenectady police said the flooding did not result in any evacuations.


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