Chilly dog plucked off Mohawk ice as surge passes
Officials alert to quick river changes
CAPITAL REGION 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.
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.