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Wednesday's Rain

Dave Lucas WAMC

The Albany-area gets a quick demonstration of flash flooding … The National Weather Service defines a flash flood as "rapidly rising water that usually occurs within two hours of the start of high intensity rain." Wednesday afternoon In the city of Albany, it took little more than five minutes for mother nature to produce a small demonstration of the phenomenon. The downpour began about quarter past 2 and within minutes low-lying areas within Albany were flooded: many city streets were affected including Whitehall Road, Hackett Boulevard, Western Avenue, Sheridan Avenue and almost every low-lying intersection.  The Albany Student Press posted video of water pouring into the lecture center at the UAlbany campus. The waters drained away almost as quickly as they had appeared.   The Times Union says the deluge caused flooding in Mechanicville and Watervliet.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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