CASTLETON, N.Y. -- Roadways in Rensselaer County were closed off as crews cleaned up mud and debris from flash flood waters Sunday afternoon.
A portion of Route 9J in Castleton was completely underwater flooding homes and cars.
"It's been a bad year for rain. It's been raining all summer," Capt. Christopher Carner of the Castleton Fire Department said.
Flood waters started to push in mud and debris around 3:30 p.m.
State Department of Transportation workers were busy clearing the roadway Sunday while fire crews responded to numerous calls in the village.
"The water was coming off the hill pretty fast. We tried to keep everybody out of it. We did not do any rescues and just assisted people in what they needed," Capt. Carner said.
Village officials said they received about two to three feet of water. They tell the NEWS CENTER it's the worst they've see in a couple of years.
One kayaker was out on his boat when the storm hit. He said the water just came out of no where.
"We put both boats on shore," Mick Burns said. "The next thing you know the water came up our boat went floating down, but we managed to get it."
Fire officials said everything is back to normal. They did respond to a handful of pump out calls, but there were no reported injuries.
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