ALBANY, N.Y. – In no more than an hour, a fast-moving line of strong winds and thunderstorms cut through the Capital Region Wednesday night, leaving behind a path of downed power lines, uprooted trees, some areas of flash flooding and more than 18,000 area residents without power as of 4 a.m. Thursday morning.
Summer-like temperatures nearing 90 degrees are expected to be the next weather wave to hit the region in the upcoming days, but many residents will find themselves still dealing with the aftermath of Wednesday's storm as the weather takes that sharp turn.
As a result of the severe weather, some roads will remain closed Thursday for unknown amount of time. Police have sent out the following notices advising drivers of those conditions:
-- The Schenectady Police Department would like to advise the public that Broadway between the intersections of Hegeman St. and Guilderland Ave. in the City of Schenectady will be closed to all vehicular traffic. The road is closed due to a multitude trees and power lines down as a result of the storm. -- The entire length of Campbell Avenue, from Broadway to the city line.
-- Broadway, from Guilderland to Olean Street. Traffic entering the City of Schenectady from the Town of Rotterdam on Broadway is advised to take Visher to Guilderland Avenue.
-- Consaul Road will be closed from Route 7 to Balltown Rd.
-- Residents are reminded to treat all downed wires as "live wires" and contact either the Schenectady Police Department or National Grid if any wires are located. All unnecessary traffic should be limited in the Woodlawn and Bellevue neighborhoods. These areas are being patrolled by members of this Department, the Schenectady County Auxiliary Police, and Neighborhood Watch
--Boght Rd – Alt 7 to Meadowbrook
-- Lishakill Rd – Veeder Rd to New Shaker Rd
-- Mill Rd - Rt 7 to Forts Ferry Rd
-- Park Ave – Hillcrest to Spring Ave
-- Riverview Rd – Vly Rd to 300' in
--Sparrowbush Rd – Fairlawn Dr to Flicker Dr
Due to severe weather, which has resulted in many roads being impassable due to trees and wires being down, the Town of Rotterdam is requesting that there be no unnecessary travel. Until further notice, only authorized emergency vehicles should be on the road.
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