Flood warning issued for Hope

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a flood warning for the Sacandaga River at the town of Hope from 10 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. today.

According to a release, at 9 p.m. Monday the river was at 6.9 feet and flood stage is 7 feet. The river was forecast to reach flood stage by 10 p.m. Monday and expected to rise to near 7.7 feet around 8 p.m. today.

However, the river is forecast to fall below flood stage after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Town of Hope Supervisor Robert Edwards said the warning hasn’t caused much concern or problems in the area as of this morning.

“At this point we are not overly concerned about it,” he said.

At 8 feet, water floods Route 30 near the Hope Town Garage, but Edwards said the town would have plenty of time to move equipment if that becomes necessary.

A flood watch also was issued for Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties from 6 a.m. today through 8 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the warning, runoff from snow melt caused by warm temperatures over the weekend has swelled many rivers in the flood-watch area. Combined with heavy rainfall expected to be an inch or more today, there could be minor to moderate flooding.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jeffery T. Smith said as a precaution he has alerted all emergency personnel to monitor the gauges and check the various streams and creeks throughout the region.

“Right now, as the levels are we are OK,” Smith said this morning. “The West Canada Creek is a concern and that filters into the Mohawk [River] and comes East, but there are two gauges we watch faithfully with that, so we will be monitoring those quite closely.”