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Flash flood watch for Capital Region

Flash flood watch for Capital Region

A flash flood watch is in effect for most of the Capital Region from Monday morning until Tuesday mo
Flash flood watch for Capital Region
Water level projections for the Schoharie Creek at Burtonsville, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood watch is in effect for most of the Capital Region from Monday morning until Tuesday morning.

According to a National Weather Service advisory this afternoon, storms starting today and continuing until Tuesday could cause one inch to three inches of rain in the Capital Region, including Saratoga, Schenectady, Montgomery, Fulton and Schoharie Counties. In some areas there could be more than four inches of rain.

The lightest rain is expected in the western Mohawk Valley and western Adirondacks, but flooding is still possible due to saturated soils in the area. Just one inch of rain could potentially cause flooding, said the advisory.

The flood watch runs starts on Monday at 8 a.m.

After 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the Schoharie Creek at Burtonsville is projected to reach the "near flood stage" level. The creek will begin to rise sharply after 5 p.m. on Monday.

ORIGINAL POST, 3:30 p.m.: The failure of a beaver dam has prompted a flash flood warning for the southwestern part of Schoharie County until 4 p.m.

According to a National Weather Service advisory, the dam failed shortly after 3 p.m. and caused flooding in southern Schoharie County. Most of the flood waters have been captured by the reservoir.

"Residents along the west branch Delaware in Schoharie County should seek higher ground if near the river and should heed any requests from local law enforcement," warns the advisory.

Locations impacted by the flooding include Jefferson.

This is a developing story. Check back for more coverage.

Follow @poozer87 and @dgazette on Twitter for more weather updates.

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