Flooding Reported After Ice Jams Clog Rivers
Flooding has been reported in several communities after ice jams clogged rivers and sent waters over their banks.
Emergency crews were on the scene in Schenectady’s stockade last night, where flooded streets were blocked off along the neighborhood’s Riverside Park that extends along the Mohawk River.
On Saturday, flood warnings were issued for the Sacandaga, Mettawee, and Hoosic Rivers.
Flood warnings remain in effect in Schenectady County, Warren County, Rensselaer County, and Windham County in Vermont.
A Massachusetts town has evacuated a housing complex for the elderly after an ice mass broke free in a nearby river and threatened to flood the area.
Officials in the town of Athol say an ice mass broke off in Millers River and struck the Exchange Street Bridge around 7 a.m. Saturday, sweeping away equipment that attaches a water line to the bridge.
Authorities closed the bridge and evacuated the nearby Morton Meadows housing complex as the river's water rose higher.
Residents at the complex were taken to the town hall but most had been picked up by relatives by 3 p.m. No one has been injured.
The Salvation Army is helping a handful of remaining residents at the town hall and is arranging an overnight shelter as a precaution.
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