Torrential rain swept through the Capital Region Wednesday afternoon and into the night, causing flash flooding in various communities and snarling traffic on the Northway and elsewhere.
“Heavy rain and flooding continues throughout the County,” the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office tweeted around 6:40 p.m. “Please limit travel and if you must avoid driving through flood waters.”
The National Weather Service reported the highest rainfall totals Wednesday night in Saratoga County. More than five inches were reported near Clifton Park Center. Schenectady and Rensselaer counties were also hit with heavy rain.
Flooding resulted in a state of emergency being declared in Mechanicville, where a section of North Main Street was closed due to a water main break that also led to the issuance of a boil water advisory. Parts of South Main Street and South Central Avenue, as well as routes 4 and 32, were also closed due to flash flooding. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office urged people to avoid traveling in the city until 10 a.m. today.
One southbound lane of the Northway south of Exit 9 in Clifton Park was closed for several hours due to flooding, and localized flooding was also reported in Niskayuna. Flash flood warnings were issued for portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Columbia, Greene, Berkshire, Bennington and Ulster counties Wednesday.
Severe thunderstorms and heavy winds also hit the area.
National Grid reported about 200 customers without power in the Rock City Road area of Milton after a tree fell and knocked out a transformer. A smaller outage affecting about 50 customers was reported in the town of Ballston west of Scotch Bush Road.
A building on Main Street in Middleburgh also partially collapsed due to the weather, but a Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher didn’t have any additional details Wednesday night.