Posted by: David Giacalone | December 26, 2020

Boxing Day along the Mohawk

  10 AM, Dec. 26, 2020 . . IMG_2864

Warm temperatures and rain caused concern on Christmas Day that the Mohawk River might reach flood stage overnight along the Schenectady Stockade.  Flood Stage is considered to be 220 feet at the Schenectady/Freeman’s Bridge gauge; but is about 222 feet as measured at the Riverside Park Overlook.  According to the National Weather Service Hydrograph of the Mohawk River at Schenectady, the Mohawk rose to about 219.6 feet at about 3 AM December 26, and has continued to drop since then. At 1 PM, the water level was about 217.5 ft.

26Dec-4Cuc2 . . 26Dec-28Wash2

above: [L] rear of 4 Cucumber Alley; [R] rear of 28 Washington Ave.

26Dec-ParkOverlook10AMThe photos in this posting were taken between 9:30 AM and 10 Am on Boxing Day, December 26, when the Overlook gauge read 222 ft.  No structures had flood water. The only place that the water was encroaching any Stockade property was at the end of Cucumber Alley and the east side of Washington Avenue, where the Binnekill (creek) enters the Mohawk. The lower yards at 1 Cucumber Alley and 4 Cucumber Alley were flooded at that time, as well as the lower rear yards at 28 and 32 Washington Avenue.

At Riverside Park, the water was just at or below the top of the riverbank, and did not appear to have overflown onto the Park lawns.

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