Having been through Tropical Storm Katrina as it passed through West Central Alabama in 2005, I was expecting this to be pretty destructive. The winds really weren’t that bad at all, at most a Beaufort force 8. The heaviest rain seemed to fall in the Catskills at Hunter, at least 10 inches, from the radar, but we got enough to cause major flooding along the Mohawk and Hudson rivers. This neighborhood is up on a hill, so it wasn’t really bad. There is very bad flooding happening west of us along the Mohawk in Schenectady and in smaller communities, and from what people told me today, many homes near the Hudson River in Troy have the river in the first floor. I’m supposed to go get a flu shot tomorrow, and the drug store’s phone is out of service – they are likely underwater, too.
Luckily I didn’t need the ones I took of possible wind damage sites, but here are a couple of the Mohawk River.
During the spring flood, the river covers all but the uppermost four levels on that piling. I took this photo last week, before Irene came through, and the Mohawk was a little above its usual August low point because of the storms we got just before the weekend.
This afternoon I took the “after” photo and then got the heck off the bridge. The violence of the water really doesn’t make the two photos easy to compare.
That piling is supporting the railroad trestle over the Mohawk, and I was standing on the Waterford Bridge that carries Route 32 over the river from Cohoes to (surprise!) Waterford. The water was so high and hitting the Waterford Bridge supports so hard that you got spattered whenever you walked past one of the supports. I thought a couple of times of taking a picture or a video of that, but with that violent water so close, I chickened out and just got off the bridge instead.
Bridges across the Mohawk