Major flooding causes road closures

FONDA — Extreme flooding from the Mohawk River into the village of Fonda Monday night caused various problems that were still being evaluated today

A State of Emergency for the village was declared by Mayor Bill Peeler for a period Monday night. A flash flood warning was also put into effect for southern Fulton and central Montgomery counties

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Services issued a short news release this morning indicating that due to Monday night’s flooding in the village, there may be traffic delays today due to clean up.

Director of Emergency Management Rick Sager urged travelers to be cautious, although roads were generally opened in the village by mid-morning

“If you can avoid the area, use alternative routes if possible,” he said in the release.

Sager couldn’t be reached this morning.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office indicated on its Facebook page that as of 4 a.m. today, all roads in the village of Fonda were now open. But drivers were asked to use caution in the area and expect delays as cleanup crews are still working in the area.

After severe thunderstorms came through, with two to three inches of rain, flooding clogged this area of Montgomery County. Not only was the village of Fonda closed, but state Thruway Exit 28 in Fultonville had to be shut down.

The Erie Canal was closed to all traffic due to high water. The state Canal Corporation put out an advisory notice to mariners that the canal from Lock E-2 in Waterford to Lock E-19 in Frankfort was closed due to continued high river flows and heavy rainfall.

During the height of the flash flooding, Main Street and Broadway in the village of Fonda were closed. Dispatched to the scene were the state Department of Transportation, local departments of public works, Montgomery County DPW, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office.

Montgomery County office buildings were closed today to all non-essential staff. Offices closed today included the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office.