Residents urged to prepare for flooding in the Stockade District of Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Schenectady County agencies were monitoring the levels of the Mohawk River on Wednesday as it gets closer to flooding.

The Schenectady Police Department advised residents in the Stockade neighborhood to prepare for minor flooding. Officials said river levels may rise to the point where water may exceed the bank.

“It’s pretty crazy down there right now with everything all frozen,” Alex Vonkamecke said.

Vonkamecke lives in the Stockade neighborhood. The river just a few feet away from her home was rising by the minute.

“It’s a little nerve wracking,” she said.

Vonkamecke knew what she was getting into. She moved into her home in August. She had heard the stories of Hurricane Irene flooding the area.

“We knew that the water could do some serious damage,” she said.

And while she thought it would be more of an issue in the spring, that’s not exactly the case. Nearly two weeks ago, she faced her first flood in the Stockade when ice jams caused the river to overflow.

“The water got up close to the neighbor’s house, and you know, the police were telling people to move their cars and everything, and we kind of thought we might get evacuated,” she said.

It didn’t get to that point, but the risk returned. Schenectady County agencies will monitor the river levels through the night Wednesday.

“Crews have been training the past week on what to do if we have any flooding in this area,” Schenectady Deputy Fire Chief Don Mareno said.

Mareno said the department’s water rescue truck filled with special equipment and ropes was stationed by the river, and they’ve notified people in the area to move their vehicles to higher ground.

“I’m confident that if anything was to happen that everyone would be safe,” he said.

That has reassured residents like Vonkamecke.

“We’re just gonna do what they tell us to do and hope for the best,” she said.

As of Wednesday night, the NOAA projects the river will recede by morning. Mareno said the river downstream was flowing quickly, and he didn’t believe there would be overflow Wednesday night.

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