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A still from a listener-submitted video of an ice jam on the Mohawk River, shot from Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood. File photo.
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A new strategy is being deployed this winter to mitigate ice jam flooding on the Mohawk River.

Mayor Gary McCarthy speaks at the First Reformed Church
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The City of Schenectady is hosting a series of community meetings this week focused on mitigating flooding in its oldest neighborhood.

A still from a listener-submitted video of an ice jam on the Mohawk River, shot from Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood. File photo.
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The City of Schenectady will host a series of community workshops on addressing flooding in the city’s historic Stockade neighborhood.

The Town Of Jay in the Adirondacks issued a precautionary State Of Emergency Wednesday evening and officials are working to prevent any potential ice jams or flooding.

Authorities across NY are watching for icej ams like this one.
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A hint of spring that has descended on the Northeast has officials monitoring rivers, streams and flood-prone areas.

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With temperatures expected to rise in the coming days, New York state officials are warning of possible ice jams on rivers and streams.

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The City of Schenectady is gathering input as it envisions a future for its oldest neighborhood.

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Residents of a mobile home park in Plattsburgh who were displaced by severe flooding in January moved back into new homes Tuesday.

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Following unseasonably warm temperatures this week, several communities across the region have been dealing with flooding caused by ice jams.

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The unpredictable weather over the past several days led to an increased risk of flooding caused by ice jams on New York’s rivers. While water levels have dropped recently, there is plenty more winter ahead.

Ice surrounds flooded homes at Underwood Mobile Home Park
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Following the rapid warming late last week, an ice jam formed in the Saranac River that led to flooding of the Underwood Estates Mobile Home community in Plattsburgh.  Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read says while many homes could wind up uninhabitable, there may be no state or federal aid to turn to for help.

A still from a listener-submitted video of an ice jam on the Mohawk River, shot from Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood. File photo.
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Flooding has been reported in several communities after ice jams clogged rivers and sent waters over their banks.

A number of rivers north of Albany were flooding because of ice jams.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports the threat is expected to continue much of Saturday.

Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five books, including How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. Goodell's previous books include Sunnyvale, a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.

His new book, is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World and he will discuss it at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY tonight and at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT on Friday.

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Free cleanup kits have been made available to residents of Hoosick Falls impacted by recent severe storms and flooding that washed out several roads and damaged homes and businesses.

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A state of emergency was declared Saturday night after severe thunderstorms swept through the Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County.

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Emergency officials were keeping a close watch for flooding this week after steady rainshowers. But as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, communities are largely breathing a sigh of relief.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are in West Virginia to begin assessing the damage to infrastructure, homes and other property from devastating floods that killed 24 people.

  Best known of award-winning New York Times and Newsweek columns, Anna Quindlen returns with her eighth novel, Miller's Valley. 

The setting is a farming valley in Pennsylvania during the height of the Viet Nam War. Outside influences like the war and a government plan to flood the valley affect the lives of one family - and the community.

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Troy mayor Patrick Madden declared a state of emergency after a water main break flooded homes and businesses in the city's Lansingburgh neighborhood Sunday.

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A local energy company presented a $10,000 grant to Catholic Charities Thursday to aid flood recovery efforts more than two years after a devastating storm struck a small Montgomery County community and displaced more than 100 people.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing legislation to require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be more accountable to property owners who file claims.

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Work is slated to begin shortly on the first stage of removal of Marcy Dam in the Adirondack High Peaks.

Cleanup is underway in Barre and areas of central Vermont after flooding on Sunday led to the evacuation of about 15 city residents and left streets closed or covered with mud.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was recently in the Mohawk Valley to call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update flood maps in Johnstown. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schumer says the outdated information is costing business and residents.

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Irene and Lee were nearly four years ago, but memories of those storms remain clear for many people in our region. Last week, officials from the Adirondack towns of Jay, Keene and Black Brook met with emergency services and response personnel to review the plan of action in the event rivers should flood.

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A new study published this week and led by a Bard College biology professor shows catastrophic flooding can be mitigated by protecting biodiversity.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the lead author, who says though the flooding was studied in Germany, there could be comparisons to the Hudson Valley.

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A coalition of advocates for the Mohawk River has released a draft management plan that aims to help communities obtain funding to protect water quality and mitigate flooding. 

At a public forum Tuesday evening at Schenectady County Community College, about 100 concerned residents gathered to hear details of a draft Mohawk River Watershed Management Plan.

The plan is being prepared by the Mohawk River Watershed Coalition of Conservation Districts and the Mohawk River Watershed Advisory Committee.

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Communities across New York's Mohawk Valley are working today to dry out and clean up after heavy rains late yesterday caused serious flooding and temporarily closed a portion of the Thruway. Hardest hit was Montgomery County, where County Executive Matt Ossenfort declared a state of emergency.

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A task force that has been looking at ways to prevent flooding in a Greene County village will present its recommendations at a public meeting tonight.

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