February 1857 - Highest Flood ever recorded in Albany (21.71
feet) caused by ice jammed on the sandbars south of the city.
March 1913 - Major flooding in the Northeast. Highest water
on record for the Hudson from Hadley and Glens Falls south to and including Troy. Stages of 29.7
feet at Troy, 21.45 ft at Albany, 228.9 feet at Schenectady, and around 19 ft at Little Falls.
March 28, 1914 - Flood of Record at Schenectady - 232.9 Feet - water reached
Broadway and flooded the former American Locomotive Plant on Maxon Road. Caused by ice jam.
November 3-5, 1927 - Disastrous flooding in New England with devastation over the
northern 2/3 of Vermont. Floods of record for White, Winooski, Lamoille, Missisquoi rivers and Otter
Creek. Flood of record for Batten Kill (17.7 ft) and major flood for Hoosic River (18.8 ft), also
caused a significant flood on the Hudson at Albany (15.96 feet). Flooding was the result of rains
from the remains of a late season hurricane.
March 12 -18, 1936 (Some consider two events) - Major flooding throughout the
Northeast as a result of extremely heavy snowpack and a double dose of spring rains. Caused highest
stages on Hudson at Troy (29.5) and Albany (17.9) since completion of Conklingville Dam. Flood of
Record on Connecticut River at Thompsonville CT (just north of Hartford).
September 22, 1938 - Severe flooding on almost all of the region's river
caused by the Great hurricane of 1938. Most severe across New England.
October 2, 1945 - Severe flood in Upper Mohawk area including record flood on East
Canada Creek at Dolgeville (15.1 ft). Record flow on West Canada at Kast Bridge (8 ft) nearly
destroyed the Daniel Greene factory in Dolgeville.
December 31, 1948 - January 2, 1949 - The famed New Years ice storm and flood
which caused the flood of record on the Hoosic River at Kinderhook along with other streams. 17.5
foot crest in Albany. Involved a significant sleet storm as well as rain.
August 1955 - Back-to-back hurricanes, Connie and Diane struck the region
following a rather severe drought so their effects were greatly reduced by the existing extremely
dry conditions. On August 12, 15 inches of rain at Slide Mountain brought the Esopus Creek only up
to 12 feet. Five days later, on August 17, hurricane Diane came right into the Hudson valley, which
resulted in the worst flood disaster in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York and in the State of
Connecticut. Floods of record on the Housatonic River at Gaylordsville (18.6 ft), Stevenson (24.5
ft), Shepaug(17 ft), and Tenmile River, as well as Rondout and Wappingers Creek. The village of
Ellenville was nearly washed off the map, while the riverfront in Kingston was under nearly four
feet of water.
October 1955 - Severe Flood on the Schoharie Creek, caused by a slow-moving
coastal storm with 16 to 18 inches of rain over the Tannersville area and devastation in the
Schoharie Valley (Burtonsville 12.4 feet, second highest of record).
September 1975 - Hurricane Eloise, caused significant (not record breaking)
flooding on the Susquehanna and parts of Catskills.
March 14, 1977 - Worst regional flood over the area since the New Years Flood
nearly 30 years earlier. An early warm spell (temperatures into the 70s and 80s), combined with a
heavy snowpack, and 3 inches of rain, produced near record floods in Kaydeross/Saratoga area. Ramps
to new Interstate 787 in downtown Albany were flooded, and the current in the Hudson undermined the
Green Island Bridge causing it to buckle and eventually collapse (no fatalities or injuries).
January 1978 - Severe ice jam in Prattsville effectively blocked the streamflow
from the full reservoir. Widespread flooding in the region with an entire herd of dairy cattle
drowned in their barn.
March 1979 - Severe ice jamming caused flooding of many rivers including the
Hudson, Mohawk, Susquehanna, and Chenango Rivers, as well as the Schoharie Creek.
November 1979 - Severe flash flood on the Boquet and the Branch in and near
Elizabethtown. Numerous washouts on the road between Elizabethtown and Keene caused the deaths of
four Olympic Bobsled hopefuls.
March 1980 - "The Great Catskill Toilet Flush" with around 10 inches of
rain on nearly bare and frozen ground which led to rapidly developing and severe floods on
Schoharie, Catskill, and Esopus creeks. A fatality occurred when a motorist ignored a
February 1981 - Severe ice jamming on Mohawk River which nearly flooded the NY
Thruway near Fonda.
April - May 1983 - "Spring Monsoon" with over 18 inches of rain for the
two months in Ellenville and New York City. Sacandaga Reservoir spilled over (May 1) for the first
time since the project was completed in 1930.
April 1987 - Severe flood on the Mohawk River and Catskills. Near Record flooding
on Schoharie Creek with 10 deaths as a result of the sudden collapse of the New York State Thruway
bridge over the Schoharie Creek.
February 1990 - Severe Ice jam on the Ausable East Branch with much of Ausable
Forks village under water.
January 1996 - Major flood
event throughout the region as a result of rapid meltdown of snowpack along with two to four
inches of rain. Record flooding on Schoharie Creek and significant floods on Mohawk River at
Schenectady, and on the Hudson at Albany (15.5 ft - greatest since New Years 1949).
January 1998 - A catastrophic ice storm and flood event struck northern New
England and northern New York during the first two week of January 1998. Heavy rain associated with
a warm moist airmass overspread a shallow but dense layer of cold air producing ice accumulations in
excess of three inches. Heavy rainfall, exceeding four inches in some areas, combined with
significant runoff from melting snowpack to produce record flooding.
September 1999 - Tropical Storm
Floyd dumped very heavy rains (3 to
almost 12 inches) across the region.
September 17-18, 2004 - The remnants of Hurricane Ivan dumped dumped heavy rains
across the region, up
to 6 inches in some locales.
January 2005 - In mid January warm, breezy conditions combined with high dew
points melted most of the snow across the area. Runoff from the melt combined with runoff from heavy
rains to cause some flooding and flash flooding. The stage below Stevenson Dam on the Housatonic was
the highest since 1960. The stage on the Wappingers Creek at Wappingers Falls was the highest since
April 2005 - Combination of high pre-storm flows, rain plus snowmelt. A slow
moving storm moved up through the Appalachians and into the Northeast, producing an extended period
rainfall on April 2-4th.
The heaviest rain and worst flooding occurred in Ulster and Greene Counties. Upslope flow enhanced
rainfall amounts in the Catskills, where generally 3 to 6 inches fell. Flood of record occurred on
the Esopus Creek (Mount Marion 26.24 feet). U.S.G.S. estimated it as 100 year event for the Upper
Hudson Basin. Sacandaga Lake and Indian lake were nearly empty and were able to cut half the peak
flow off the Hudson. As a result moderate as opposed to devastating flooding resulted on the Hudson
June 13, 2005 - Flash flooding which washed
out a portion of the Northway between Exit 23 and 24.
October 2005 - According to the Drought Monitor of September 27, 2005, the
southern part of the Albany Hydrologic Service Area was in a moderate drought. This changed
dramatically in October 2005 as two rain events dumped a total 1 to 2 feet of rain across the driest
areas. The first event, October 7-9th, the
remnants of Tropical Storm Tammy interacted with a cold front. Then a stationary low pressure sat
south of Long Island and brought periods of heavy rain to New York and New England the 12th through
14th. The worst flooding occurred in Dutchess County, New York and Litchfield County, Connecticut
where moderate to major flooding was reported.
End of June
2006 - Widespread flooding
in the Mohawk and Hudson basins, and Catskills was observed.Flooding was most severe along the
Mohawk River and its tributaries. On Tuesday, June 27th, a frontal boundary stalled across the
region. The boundary extended from southern Quebec across central New York and to Florida. A weak
disturbance of tropical origin moved through southeast New York Wednesday morning yielding
additional tropical moisture. A strong low level jet developed which transported tropical moisture
into central and eastern New York.
15-16, 2007 - Widespread flooding across much of eastern New York and western New
England, especially in the eastern Catskills, Mid-Hudson Valley and across Litchfield County
25-26, 2010 - Widespread flooding occurred across East Central New York and adjacent
western New England from a combination of rain, snowmelt and frozen ground.
30 - October 1 - The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole moved northward along a nearly
stationary boundary along the east coast bringing abundant tropical moisture into the region.
Rainfall reports ranged from just over 3 inches up to 9 inches across east central New York and
adjacent western New England.
11-13, 2011 - Heavy rainfall, snowmelt and ice jams. The combination of the heavy
rainfall and runoff from the snowmelt caused flooding of rivers, streams, creeks, roads, and some
urban low lying areas.
Storm Irene: August 28, 2011 - Heavy to extreme rainfall resulted catastrophic flooding
across portions of east central New York and adjacent western New England.
of Tropical Storm Lee: September 5-8, 2011 - Heavy rainfall, combined with saturated
soil from the excessive rains which fell in late August associated with the passage of Irene, led to
widespread minor to moderate flooding on rivers, as well as small streams and creeks across eastern
New York and adjacent western New England. Some major flooding did occur across portions of the
western Mohawk River. In addition, flash flooding occurred across portions of the eastern Catskills
and western Mohawk River Valley.