Schenectady County

Emergency officials watching Mohawk, now at flood stage

Persistent precipitation and a nearly five-mile-long ice jam between Lock 8 and Freemans Bridge have
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Persistent precipitation and a nearly five-mile-long ice jam between Lock 8 and Freemans Bridge have brought the level of the Mohawk River to flood stage.

Emergency officials are keeping a wary eye on the river today, but no serious flooding has been reported. Schenectady County Emergency Coordinator John Nuzback said water appears to be moving beneath the ice jam, which has alleviated some fears that the problem could become unwieldy as a wintry mix continues to fall.

“It’s flowing under the ice,” he said while observing the river at Lock 8. “As long as it keeps up we’ll be OK.”

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a flood warning for the entire Capital Region. Meteorologist Kimberly Sutkevich said the warning will remain in effect throughout the day, as a storm system delivers about another 0.7 inch of precipitation throughout the area.

Sutkevich said the combination of warm weather, and two consecutive days of rain and snow melt brought the level of the Mohawk to flood stage in Schenectady around 3 a.m. She said the water level should continue to rise into this evening, until it reaches about 1.6 feet above the flood stage.

Rain and snow will continue Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Sutkevich said the additional precipitation could prompt more flood worries later in the week.

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