Colonie deals with aftermath of Irene

Several road closings and flooding reported around Colonie

— The town is still preparing for the worst even after adverse weather as a result of Hurricane Irene has subsided with many areas of the town still holding orders of voluntary evacuation.

Even with the State of Emergency lifted, Mike Rayball, director of Emergency Management and Planning Department, said evacuations for some areas along the Mohawk and the Hudson rivers such as River Road, lower Forts Ferry Road and Island View Road. The evacuation orders, he said, are expected to stay in place until around noon today but not until the water recedes.

One of the bigger areas where there was flooding were the Village One Apartments in Menands. Rayball said there was a bit of back flooding from the Hudson, filling mainly the parking lots with water.

Supervisor Paula Mahan said the City of Cohoes and Green Island put together a Red Cross Shelter at Cohoes High School for residents of the apartment. The shelter also extends to residents of lower Forts Ferry and Blains Bay.

There are also several road closings due to flooding. Those roads are Kings Road, British American Road, Old Niskayuna Road, Lincoln Road going out towards Watervliet and Menands and a portion of Schaffer Drive.

Both of the rivers are expected to crest around 4 p.m., but Rayball said the water levels should return to normal levels by tomorrow morning.

"Our biggest concern is where all the debris is going to end up," Rayball said. "Until the water recedes, we won't be able to tell which infrastructure had damage to it."

There was one fatality that was reported yesterday, Rayball said, as a man died from a heart attack while bailing out his basement.

There were some other reports of people taken to the hospital not because of the storm itself, but because of not having proper ventilation while running a backup generator.

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