Public works crews, homeowners and parishioners of a local church were still cleaning up Wednesday from heavy rains that took place earlier this week as another big rainstorm headed for the Northeast raises concerns about more flooding this weekend.
At least three roads in Washington County remained closed Wednesday as public works crews continued to assess and repair damage. Downpours caused flooding around the Northeast on Monday, with Washington County taking the hardest hit locally.
Among the washed-out roads was Glen Road in Fort Edward, near the hamlet of Fort Miller, where several feet of water inundated the low-lying area and flooded Turning Point Wesleyan Church. A creek that originates in the Durkeetown area and flows southwest downhill blew out culverts and sent several feet of water onto and around Route 4, crumpling asphalt on Glen Road as well.
The stream inundated the church property at the corner of Route 4 and Lock Road, sending several feet of water into the building. The sanctuary and basement were flooded, watermarks several feet high on the building’s siding showing where it peaked.
Soggy fixtures and furniture had been hauled outside the building Wednesday, and church leaders posted on Facebook that carpets were going to be pulled up to assess what additional cleanup would be needed. It was unclear Wednesday whether the building would be in good enough shape to host Easter Sunday service this weekend.
A forecast that calls for substantial rain on Good Friday and into Easter weekend has prompted concerns about more trouble for low-lying areas.
Tim Hardy, Washington County’s deputy director of public safety, said saturated ground may not be able to absorb the rain, and many streams and rivers remain swollen. County officials sent out a bulletin Wednesday to first responders around the county, warning of the possibility of more problems this weekend.
Those who live near streams will have to watch for trouble, and the public works crews and fire departments that responded to dozens of flooding-related calls will be on alert again, Hardy said.
“Obviously, we’re going to keep an eye on it,” he said.
Christina Speciale, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, said rain should arrive Friday afternoon, with heavy rain likely overnight Friday, and the storm could bring more moisture than the one that caused this week’s flooding.
She said 1 to 2 inches of rain is likely, which could cause flooding when combined with continuing snowmelt in the Adirondack Mountains, running over ground that is already saturated.
“It’s something to definitely keep an eye on,” she said. “There will be a lot of moisture with this system that’s going to be coming up from the Gulf of Mexico.”