ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — As the Capital Region braces for the potential of late-day severe weather Monday, the Commissioner of Water for Albany, Joe Coffey, shares some important reminders about flash flooding.


  • Prepare for basement flooding if you have experienced it previously.
  • Place valuables and electronics about a foot above the basement floor.
  • Obey street barriers blocking off flooded areas of the road.

Coffey pointed out low-lying areas in Albany, like Hackett Boulevard and Clara Barton Drive, as well as Western Avenue near Euclid Avenue and Homestead Avenue as common problem areas for flooding.


  • Driving into flooded roadways poses a serious risk.
  • Do not walk into flooded roadways. Coffey noted it is possible for manhole covers to become displaced and present another hidden hazard under storm water.