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A number of the rivers in the region flooded late Friday and early Saturday because of ice jams, and the threat was expected to continue for much of Saturday.

Flood warnings remained in effect for the Hoosic, Mettawee and Sacandaga rivers as of Saturday afternoon.

The Hoosic River flooded in the Eagle Bridge and Buskirk areas, closing roads in the area, but the jam blamed for it broke up late Friday and the river dropped below flood stage. But it appeared to be inching back toward flood level as of early Saturday, according to the USGS website of river level gauges.

According to Timothy Hardy, the deputy director of the Washington County Department of Public Safety, the flood warning for the Hoosic River has been extended until 1 a.m.

Glen Gosnell, Washington County public safety director, was headed to the Buskirk area on Saturday afternoon to check on the situation, Hardy said in an interview on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Gosnell said parts of River Road in White Creek were closed, as flooding occurred near Buskirk Covered Bridge.

“Buskirk-West Hoosick Road between covered bridge and Buskirk Fire Station is flooded,” he said early Saturday.

The Mettawee River jumped its banks in several areas in the village of Granville and Middle Granville, severely flooding the little league field complex in the village. It remained above flood stage in Middle Granville as of 6 a.m. Saturday, the USGS website showed.

Hardy said several county roads remain closed: Upper Turnpike Road in Whitehall, near County Route 12; Gray Lane in Whitehall; South Road in the Town of Hampton and River Road in Buskirk.

The National Weather Service in Albany extended the flood warning for Central Warren County until 10 a.m. Monday.

At 3:48 p.m., emergency management reported flooding along Route 418 between Thurman and Warrensburg, along River Road in Thurman and along Warrensburg Stony Creek Road at the bottom of Cameron Road. The flooding was due to an ice jam along the Hudson River.

The Sacandaga River in Hamilton County was causing flooding in several places, closing Route 30 in stretches.

Brian LaFlure, Warren County’s emergency service director, said the ice jam blamed for the flooding broke up early Saturday, and ice that flowed onto roads was being cleaned up. But it appeared the road was damaged in numerous spots.

The Batten Kill in Battenville had risen to near flood level late Friday, but had dropped three feet in a matter of hours early Saturday, according to the USGS.

Colder weather is moving in on Saturday, with several inches of snow likely. Winds have picked up, with more 254 National Grid customers without power throughout the state as of 5 p.m., and 55 in Washington County.

According to National Grid, they are assessing the situation.

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli contributed to this report.



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

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