State Of Emergency Declared For Montgomery County Due To Flooding

Aug 22, 2014

Flooding caused by heavy rains has shut down some roads in the Mohawk Valley and forced the closure of a 65-mile stretch of the Erie Canal.

Officials in Montgomery County have declared a state of emergency after Thursday night's storms caused flash flooding that left several roads impassable.

Director of Emergency Management for Montgomery County Jeffrey Smith...

"We encourage everyone to pay attention to local media and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Facebook page so to keep up to date on the road closures. The state of emergency is still in effect at least until the roads are cleaned up. We'll be communicating with the County Executive as the day progresses."

Flooding also forced the Thruway Authority to close Interstate 90's Exit 29 at Canajoharie, along the Mohawk River 45 miles northwest of Albany. The ramps were reopened late Thursday night after being shut down for about 90 minutes. A water boil advisory is in effect.

Road Closures:

State highway 5 between Reservoir road and the Village of Palatine Bridge has been closed due to a rock slide where people were reported stuck. Part of State Highway 10 between State Highway 5 and Groff Road has been washed away. Other roads currently closed are Flat Creek Road, State Highway 162 at the intersection of State Highway 5S, and Monk Road in the Town of Root.

In the Town of Canajorharie, Old Sharon Road, Seibers Lane, Otsego Street, are also closed. A mud slide on old Fort Plain Road and on State Highway 5S between Sprakers and Canajoharie has those roads closed as well.

The county is asking residents to limit all unnecessary travel.