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Cuomo: Prepare for potential ice-jam flooding

Cuomo: Prepare for potential ice-jam flooding

Temperatures expected to reach mid-70s Wednesday
Cuomo: Prepare for potential ice-jam flooding
An ice jam on the Mohawk River in mid-January.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office issued a warning Monday ahead of potential flooding from the 17-mile-long ice jam in the Mohawk River.

The warmer temperatures forecast for this week, including the potential for highs to be in the mid-70s on Wednesday, has renewed concerns for flooding along the river.

Experts say the combination of unseasonably warm weather, rainfall and snowmelt may cause rising river levels and movement of the ice, which could result in flooding.

In a news release, Cuomo’s office said it is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach, with numerous state agencies standing ready to respond to any potential flooding.

“Since mid-December, we have been vigilantly monitoring 50 ice jams across New York, and given this week’s weather forecast, I have directed state agencies to prepare for conditions that could increase the flooding risk statewide," Cuomo said in the release. “I urge anyone living along the Mohawk River, or in areas that have experienced previous flooding, to pay close attention to weather reports and stay safe."

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Capital Region, which began on Monday and is expected to end Saturday.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has provided more than 50,000 sandbags, two sandbag fillers, 10 pumps with hoses and strainers and two ultra-high-frequency repeaters for emergency communications between Albany and Schenectady counties, according to the release.

For more information on what to do in case a flood occurs, visit www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/flood.

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