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Flooding danger has passed

Flooding danger has passed

Any flooding worries from the recent thaw appear to have passed, according to the National Weather S

Any flooding worries from the recent thaw appear to have passed, according to the National Weather Service.

Thawing river ice caused a spike in the Mohawk River at Schenectady levels Sunday, with the river level climbing Sunday evening into the minor flooding range, according to meteorologist Neil Stuart.

The ice that appeared to be causing that backup, however, broke up overnight and moved downstream, dropping the river back below flood stage.

“It did spike a little bit yesterday, but it came down below flood stage very quickly,” Stuart said.

No flooding was reported in the Stockade, he said.

As evidence of the ice breakup, there was open water in the middle of the river at Schenectady, Stuart said, indicating the river was flowing freely.

At the peak of the spike at Freemans Bridge Road in Schenectady Sunday evening, the river was listed at 220.86 feet. Just before 11 a.m. today, it was listed at 218.9 feet. Minor flood stage is 220 feet, moderate at 222 feet.

Meteorologists are watching for any further ice from upstream, but there is no indication of any worries in the near future.

Elsewhere in the region, some minor flooding of roads was reported in the Ballston Spa area. But, by noon today, only the Mohawk River at Schenectady and the Schoharie Creek at the Gilboa Dam were reported as near flood stage. All other reporting sites in the region were listed with no flooding.

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