Ice Jam Breaks on the Mohawk, Schenectady Stockade Cleans Up

It's all about clean-up in Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood, after flooding this week forced about a dozen families out of their homes.  

Reports indicate the big ice jam on the Mohawk has now broken in two, and while the situation is stable, the threat is still there.  

And some residents, like Bob Ritter say it's getting a little old.

“We’ve been through things like this, but this is occurring regularly, now something should be done.”

Ritter hopes this system can be improved.

“It’s a great thing to have if it worked, you know, the river comes up instantaneously.”

Susan Peek, who lives on Ingersoll Avenue in the Stockade, says “It’s all water down in the basement and I’m like ‘Shoot’.”

Peek says she's already got her bags packed for Florida.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have good friends who feel like family to me.”

Some residents who say they signed up for Schenectady County's notification system are wondering why they weren't alerted. 

Some say it was confusing, and they didn't know what to do. 

Fire Department officials instead went door to door. 

The County's Joe McQueen says “If the entire Stockade was going to be flooded, then we probably would have gone out with a broader message.”

McQueen says officials are still monitoring the Stockade and Rotterdam Junction as the ice jam continues to move downstream.  

A flood warning for Northeast Albany County and South Central Saratoga County remains in place until 245 Friday afternoon.

Photo: Albany County Sheriff's


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