Businesses and homeowners in the Capital Region city of Troy are continuing to pump out today after Tropical Storm Irene walloped them with five inches of rain yesterday, and with the Hudson River continuing to rise.
“I’ve lived here for 26 years, and I’ve never seen it like this,” said Geoffrey Mikas,45, of Lansingburgh, as he snapped photos of the reddish-brown water from Riverside Park in Troy. ”(The water) just keeps getting higher.”
The Hudson has already spilled over into several restaurants and bars along its banks, with Dinosaur BBQ taking some of the most extensive damage. The restaurant and pub remained closed Monday as crews worked to pump water from inside the building and the river engulfed its outdoor patio.
City officials expect the river to crest today at 27 feet, about 6 1/2 feet above the flood stage. As of now, it sits at 26.5, according to the National Weather Service.
The city also closed down the Green Island Bridge, connecting the village of Green Island with downtown Troy, over concerns that it may have been swaying.
Troy is just one of a number of upstate municipalities that were hit hard by Irene, with the Mohawk River spilling its banks today, as well. Areas near Schoharie County and the Catskills were also hit hard, with Gov. Cuomo taking FEMA officials on an aerial tour this afternoon.
Here are some photos of the flooding in Troy, as well as the Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve: