Schenectady County Buying Cameras to Monitor Flooding on the Mohawk River

Schenectady Flooding

Schenectady County lawmakers will be using money from a state grant to purchase new cameras to watch the Mohawk River.

The county legislature expected to approve a plan next Tuesday to use $75,000 in state money to install cameras at locks 7 and 9, and a new river-level gauge near Lock 9 in Rotterdam.

This comes in the wake of last year's massive ice jam, which extended about 17 miles from Lock 7 to Amsterdam, and led to some minor flooding in the Stockade. 

County officials say the new equipment will allow them to monitor conditions on the river in real time, and give them the ability to alert residents in advance of any problems.

Photo: WNYT

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