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Schenectady County braces for Mohawk River to crest

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Albany/HV: Schenectady County braces for Mohawk River to crest
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Sabina Kuriakose has the latest from the Stockade area of Schenectady.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rising flood waters in our area continue to be a concern in local communities, including areas in Schenectady County. Scotia, Glenville, Niskayuna and the City of Schenectady are bracing for the Mohawk River to crest.

People in the Stockade area of Schenectady are being asked to leave the area since it is known to flood.

Officials said the river has the potential again this week for major flooding because of rain, debris, saturated soils and already high water levels. They say the river is expected to crest sometime today.

Joe McQueen from Schenectady County Emergency Management said, "We are currently monitoring the Mohawk River, and there is the possibility of flooding. We're looking at many different factors that are leading to this. We did get the rain today, but we also it's not so much the rain that we've received locally, we also have to worry about the rain that is occurring out west. All of that rain out west and up north, that all flows into our water basin and that could also lead to the flooding. So the fact that it's still raining out west, we could see another inch or two of water our there, we have some concern as to what that could do to the Mohawk River."

A shelter was set up Wednesday night at the Schalmont Middle/High School and the City of Schenectady Public Services Bureau Garage.

Listen to the full phone interview with Joe McQueen from Schenectady County Emergency Management.

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