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Chilly dog plucked off Mohawk ice as surge passes

Officials alert to quick river changes

Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Niskayuna Fire District 2 First Assistant Chief Steven Lichorat and firefighter/EMT Adam Henry bring a dog to safety after it became trapped on the ice in the Mohawk River behind Blatnick Park off River Road in Niskayuna Saturday. The dog wandered off from its owner and became trapped on the ice.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Niskayuna Fire District 2 First Assistant Chief Steven Lichorat and firefighter/EMT Adam Henry bring a dog to safety after it became trapped on the ice in the Mohawk River behind Blatnick Park off River Road in Niskayuna Saturday. The dog wandered off from its owner and became trapped on the ice.

— Firefighters in Niskayuna rescued a dog from the ice of the Mohawk River off Blatnick Park Saturday, but the threat of flooding incidents subsided along the major waterways.

After a dog wandered away from its owner near the bike path in Blatnick Park, it walked onto the ice. Volunteer firefighters from the Niskayuna Fire District 2, wearing dry suit protection against the cold water and roped together, went into the water. Ultimately, 1st Assistant Chief Steven Lichorat brought the wet dog to safety, assisted by EMT Adam Henry.

Alplaus firefighters were also on the scene with their rescue boat, but it was not needed.

levels dropping

This was the only significant weather related incident reported on Saturday, with local sheriffs citing no problems with flooding and saying they didn't anticipate anything into today.

An officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said they always keep an eye on the Schoharie Creek, but noted that its levels have been going down. He added they weren't expecting problems with the creek.

These optimistic reports were echoed by the Warren County and Schenectady County sheriffs, who both said they hadn't had any reports of flooding and were expecting that to be the case today.

Levels in both the Mohawk and Hudson rivers were high, regardless, with officials on alert for ice jams breaking loose that could cause problems. The Mohawk was coursing through the Stockade Neighborhood in Schenectady at a high level, but no evacuations were imminent. The Hudson was running very high in the Warrensburg area and pushing through Troy and Albany, but without major problems as evening came on.

 
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March 13, 2011
8:01 a.m.
nygirl61 says...

How could a dog wander away from it's owner and end up in the river if it was tethered to a leash as REQUIRED by the Town of Niskayuna? Oh, wait, this would be one of the many dog owners who think they have full control of their dogs and defy the law by letting their dogs run free! I hope the Town of Niskayuna bills the owner for the expense of having our fire fighters rescue the poor animal! Then they should throw the owner in the drink so he can see how his dog felt... all because he refused to follow the REQUIRED town ordinance of keeping his dog on a leash! Will they ever learn?!

March 13, 2011
7:40 p.m.
johns says...

I strongly agree with the above. I'm sick and tired of owners not obeying the laws.

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