As if the rains and winds of Tropical Storm Irene were not enough, yet another tropical entity threatens the Capital Region and surrounding areas with copious rainfall. The remnants of what once was Tropical Storm Lee have actually made the transition into a stubbornly slow moving upper level low pressure system. This low pressure system has essentially cut itself off from the upper level flow pattern, and was over the Lower Ohio and upper Tennessee Valley region early Wednesday evening.
The threat of rainfall over the Capital Region continues through at least the first half of the day Thursday. Heavier rainfall looks to remain confined to areas further west of the region, over Central New York and Central Pennsylvania. Although rainfall does not appear to be as “excessive” as it has been the past few days, the region’s soils remain waterlogged and runoff will be plentiful into area streams, creeks, and main stem rivers. Flash flooding, though not completely out of the question, does not appear to be not as much of a threat as that of general flooding, due to response of the region’s waterways to the increased runoff from saturated soil which can hold no more water.
A series of flood warnings have been issued for portions of the region, and a general flood watch remains in effect through Thursday morning. Many points along the region’s major waterways are approaching, if not exceeding, flood stage. Those with interests in these areas, and other flood prone or low lying areas should take precautions to guard life and property, and should seek higher ground at the first signs of rising water. Notify the authorities or the National Weather Service only after higher ground has been reached.
The below is a list of active flood warnings for portions of the region as of the writing of this article. Remember that a flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or is occuring. Persons in these areas should remain cautious for rising water levels and should seek higher ground in the event of flooding. Heed the advice of local law enforcement and emergency management officials.
Flood warnings are currently in effect for the following locations (information courtesy of the National Weather Service Forecast office at Albany, NY)…
- The Canajoharie Creek near Canajoharie until late Wednesday night
- The Schoharie Creek at Breakabeen until Thursday morning
- The Schoharie Creek at the Gilboa Bridge until Thursday afternoon
- The Schoharie Creek at Burtonsville until Friday afternoon
- The Wappingers Creek at Wappingers Falls until Thursday afternoon
- The Mohawk River at the Delta Dam From Friday morning through Friday afternoon
- The Mohawk River at Schenectady from Thursday morning until Friday morning
- The Mohawk River at Utica from late Wednesday night until further notice
- The Mohawk River at Little Falls from Wednesday evening until Friday afternoon
- The Mohawk River at Cohoes from Thursday morning until Friday afternoon
- The West Canada Creek at Kast Bridge from this evening until Thursday afternoon
- The Hudson River at Troy from Wednesday evening until Saturday morning
- The Esopus Creek at the Ashokan Reservoir (East) until Friday evening
- The Esopus Creek at Mount Marion until Saturday afternooon
Rainfall will taper off during the day on Thursday from east to west, and a slow drying trend will commence Thursday night. A welcome respite from the dreary, excessively wet, conditions looks to be on the horizon for the end of the week and the weekend which should allow many of the region’s waterways to slowly recede.
DISCLAIMER: The list of warning’s above is subject to change without notice and was provided for informational purposes only. Please refer to the National Weather Service forecast office at Albany, NY for the latest official flood watches, warnings, and statements.