Dry weather through the weekend should keep the area free from any significant spring flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
The one area of any concern is the Schoharie Creek around the Gilboa Dam, for which the weather service issued a flood warning Friday. However, effects from that are expected to be few, as the creek at the dam is expected to top out just above minor flood stage.
Elsewhere in the region, river gauges remained well below flood stage as a gradual spring melt combined with little significant rain kept area rivers and creeks within their banks. And that run is expected to continue.
“It looks like it should be dry through the weekend, and any rivers that had been elevated by rain and snowmelt … will start to come down a little bit,” weather service meteorologist Brian Frugis said Friday.
At the Gilboa Dam, the creek was expected to reach temporary flood stage by 9 p.m. Friday and top out around 2 a.m. today. It is expected to fall below the temporary flood stage by 8 p.m. Sunday.
There will be a significant rise within the banks of Schoharie Creek, but reservoir operations are expected to keep flooding from occurring, the weather service said.
Farther down the creek, into the heart of Schoharie County and beyond, forecasts through Monday raise little, if any, concern. “Luckily, we haven’t really seen any heavy rain along with the melting snow,” Frugis said.
Gilboa town Supervisor Anthony Van Glad echoed that.
“It’s been a good spring,” Van Glad said.