Schenectady

Possible flooding on the horizon, again

'We're hoping for the best and preparing for the worst'
An Ice jam on the Mohawk River along Riverside Park last Sunday.
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An Ice jam on the Mohawk River along Riverside Park last Sunday.

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SCHENECTADY — There’s a potential for more flooding as rising temperatures and rainfall are expected for the beginning of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

John Quinlan, meteorologist with the Weather Service in Albany, said temperatures are expected to get up to the mid-40s on Tuesday, coupled with rainfall.

With ice jams still present in the Mohawk River, city officials are bracing for the potential for more flooding. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said the city has generators to be used to help residents and city operations if power were to go out because of flooding.

McCarthy said there is a generator in place at the North Ferry pump station to ensure it continues running if flooding occurs. The Schenectady Fire Department also has portable generators that have been topped off with gas, McCarthy said.

“We’re continuing to watch it [the weather] and are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” McCarthy said.

Schenectady and Glenville officials asked for residents with an unlisted landline or those who primarily use a cellphone to register their numbers with the Schenectady County Office of Emergency Management in case an emergency arises. It will also notify residents if evacuations occur.

Residents can put their phone number in the county’s emergency notification database at www.schenectadycounty.com/rapidnotify.

This comes after ice jams formed in the Mohawk River near the Stockade neighborhood last weekend. Warmer temperatures and rainfall caused minor flooding in areas such as Ingersoll Avenue and Riverside Park. The floodwaters did recede, but the ice jams still exist in the river, going downstream past Rexford.

Quinlan said temperatures are expected to go back down with a potential high of 32 degrees on Wednesday and highs in the mid-20s on Thursday.

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