Montgomery County

Flash flooding strikes Fonda again

Highway and village of Fonda crews were back at it again Friday clearing debris from Broadway after more flooding.

Highway and village of Fonda crews were back at it again Friday clearing debris from Broadway after more flooding.

FONDA – Broadway between Route 5 and Wemple Avenue in Fonda closed for the second time this week on Friday after a five-minute storm swept through the area causing the same creek that overflowed Monday to spill water into the village, again. 

Friday’s event was  “nothing as severe as the other night,” said Rick Sager, director of Montgomery County Emergency Management. 

Days earlier, on Monday, a two-hour isolated thunderstorm dumped nearly 4 inches of rain on the village, causing flash flooding from the overflowing creek. 

Town of Mohawk Highway Superintendent Bill Holvig had attributed the flooding in the village to the overflowing of an unnamed creek running behind the Montgomery County Courthouse and homes along Broadway toward the heart of the village. The creek is partially fed by runoff from farms and agricultural lands uphill from the village.

Mayor William Peeler declared a weather-related state of emergency at 7 p.m. Monday. The emergency has not been lifted. He could not be reached for further comment Friday. 

Sager on Friday said it was the same creek that flooded Broadway. 

State Department of Transportation crews helped Montgomery County shut down the road, said Glenn Blain, the assistant director of communications for that agency. 

The road remained closed until sweepers moved through the area and cleared debris off the road, he said. Two sweepers were operating Friday late afternoon.

By 5:45 P.M., Blain said the road had reopened again.

The creek runs just beside the Frothingham Free Library property. Clerk Bonnie Myers said the library is doing fine after the creek overflowed. 

“We had a little water in the back,” she said. 

Unlike Monday, she said, the water came up the library’s driveway only halfway. However, she said, “it’s a little muddy back there now. We were luckier this time.”

The water in the creek had gone down about a foot but is still “rushing through,” she said.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday regional authorization to speed up storm recovery efforts in Delaware, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer and Schoharie counties. 

“DEC stands ready to help these storm-ravaged communities heal after severe weather events,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos in a press release. “This regional authorization is an important step to expedite the critical work necessary to bring communities and infrastructure back online and restore quality of life.”

The authorization allows the DEC to move quickly on permit reviews to repair infrastructure and structures over waterways, to restore waterway channel capacity and to deliver other actions necessary for public safety, according to the release. 

No permit is needed for people to pump out water from their properties. However, the DEC recommends that water be pumped to a grassy area. If the water has mixed or been affected by petroleum, chemicals or any other hazardous waste material people should contact the DEC spill hotline at 1-800-457-7362 immediately before taking any action. 

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