The Route 418 bridge over the Hudson River in Warren County remained closed Sunday by ice jam-related problems that forced the river over the nearby road, and the county’s emergency services director said the extent of the damage could keep it closed for weeks.

Brian LaFlure, the county’s fire coordinator and emergency services director, said parts of River Road in Thurman south of Glen-Hudson Campsite were also impassible because of washouts from the flooded river.

The town of Thurman declared an emergency, as some residents were unable to drive out because of the damaged road, and LaFlure said snowmobiles were being used to get to them Sunday to find out if they wanted to evacuate or stay in place.

At least one man was assisted out, and the American Red Cross was going to help those who need temporary housing find it.

“We aren’t forcing them to leave, but we are suggesting it,” LaFlure said.

He said there have also been problems with people venturing into unsafe areas to see the ice and damage, and he said officials are asking that people steer clear of the area.

The bridge itself was intact, but the access road on its west side has been underwater since later Friday. How long the bridge will remain closed was unclear as of Sunday, but it could be an extended period of time.

“With the damage we have, the bridge could be closed for weeks or longer,” LaFlure said.

Water continued to flow over Route 418 on Sunday afternoon, as ice was blocking the river channel both north and south of the bridge.

The bridge connects Thurman and Warrensburg, and without it, residents on the Thurman side have to take long detours south to Lake Luzerne or north to Dippikill or South Johnsburg Road to get across the Hudson.

Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, who is the county’s acting administrator, said he and Thurman Supervisor Cynthia Hyde have been in touch with state officials about the situation.

“The water’s not flowing. It’s stuck and it’s backing up,” Geraghty said. “They need to get a channel open in the river to get the water moving.”

LaFlure said dynamite used to be used to blast ice free, but that practice is now considered unsafe.

Golf Course Road in Warrensburg had ice up to the guardrail from the nearby Hudson.

Warrensburg-Stony Creek Road was also limited or closed near Cameron Road by the flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood warning for the area of Thurman and Warrensburg is in effect until 10 a.m. Monday, according to the weather service.

The Hoosic River continued to flood late Saturday in the areas of Buskirk and Eagle Bridge, with a flood warning in effect there until 11:45 a.m. Sunday. River Road and county Route 103 were affected, but re-opened Sunday night, according to Washington County Public Safety Director Glen Gosnell.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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