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Heavy rain causes flash floods in region

Heavy rain causes flash floods in region

The Thruway is closed for a time, many basements are flooded and low-lying roads under water followi

Flash flooding washed out roads and flooded basements in portions of Schenectady and Schoharie counties this evening following heavy rain.

Schenectady County declared a state of emergency at 6:45 p.m. because of flooding. William Van Hoesen, Schenectady County’s director of emergency management, said flash floods moved through Schoharie Valley and the towns of Duanesburg, Princetown, Rotterdam and Glenville at about 5:15 p.m. A combination of fast-moving rain and plugged culverts caused the flooding.

“It can’t keep up,” he said.

There were reports of two feet on water on some roads. Van Hoesen said at one point, 18 roads were closed. Some have suffered structural damage and county Public Works crews were in the process of assessing their condition.

Van Hoesen estimated that 3 inches of rain had fallen in the western end of the county by 7:30 p.m.

State Police closed the Thruway between Exit 26 and 27 after 5 p.m. after more than a foot of water clogged the road.

In Amsterdam, Department of Public Works crews and emergency personnel were busy as storms dumped heavy rain onto the city for several hours.

Sections of Forest Avenue were closed where it was reported that logs were floating down the road near the paper mill. A section of lawn in front of 235 Vrooman Ave. broke away spilling into the road.

In Saratoga County, Mechanicville police reported that Central Avenue, First Avenue and Spring Street were closed by flooding. In the town of Halfmoon, a portion of Upper Newtown Road was temporarily closed by flooding caused by the extensive rainfall, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department.

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