Ice jams flood roads in Stockade

Flood warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. Monday
An ice jam on the Mohawk River along Riverside Park on Sunday.
An ice jam on the Mohawk River along Riverside Park on Sunday.

SCHENECTADY — A flood warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. Monday for parts of the Stockade neighborhood.

According to the National Weather Service on Sunday morning, water from an ice jam was flooding three-fourths of Ingersoll Avenue, half of North Street, North Ferry Street, Front Street and River Street.

In Scotia, Schonowee Avenue was flooded and water was in yards and basements, according to the weather service. The specific language for the flood warning is east-central Schenectady County.

Some locations that experienced flooding, according to the weather service, include Schenectady, Scotia and Niskayuna.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said early Sunday afternoon that the situation in the city was “stable,” as water from the Mohawk River receded 3 feet. He said there were no reports of any homes or buildings impacted by floodwaters.

McCarthy spoke with Gov. Andrew Cuomo for what he said was a routine check that the city does with the state before, during and after weather events.

“They were just checking in to make sure everything is all right,” McCarthy said, adding the flooding was “less of a problem and more of an inconvenience.”

“We’re all waiting for spring,” the mayor said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing said police on Saturday night used the public address system from their cars to alert residents in the area to move their vehicles if they were parked near the river.

The city was working on salting and removing ice from some of the lower areas of Riverside Park.

“We’ve been able to handle everything,” McCarthy said of the city’s response. “We don’t anticipate any problems going forward.”

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