Hurricane Irene aftermath, boy injured in alleged hit-and-run, lamentably ironic stabbing of the year, Stay Thirsty wins Travers

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Chuck sent along this photo this morning from Green Island. He writes: "Normally that sign along the Green Island shore is about 10 feet above the water level. Now, as you can see, it's partially submerged. This photo was taken at approximately 6:45am this morning. The mayor of Green Island, Ellen McNulty-Ryan, has requested an evacuation of the Village for the day. Workers have already laid sandbags along the shore of Heatly School."

The storm that started as Hurricane Irene dropped 4.69 inches of rain in the Albany area Sunday (a record for the date). That's prompted a lot of flooding around the region -- notably along the Mohawk in Schenectady and the Hudson/Poestenkill in Troy (previous updates about flooding and evacuations). The flooding was initially expected to much worse (record levels), but projections have been downgraded. Acting Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy says he was hoping the flooding would turn out to be "an inconvenience as opposed to a major catastrophe." New concern: high water levels hydroelectric dam at Johnsonville in northern Rensselaer County have prompted evacuations (map). [NWS] [TU] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

The Albany County Sheriff's office says a New Scotland woman was killed when she was swept away by the Onesquethaw Creek behind her home. The normally small creek was "a raging river" yesterday. [TU] [WNYT]

A mudslide did "significant damage" to multiple buildings in Troy near the Poestenkill (map). Said a resident of one of the buildings: "My kids were playing their games and all of a sudden I heard a bunch of screaming and then the house just started shaking, the walls started cracking, the windows started, like, tilting - they didn't bust or anything - and the floor started to, like, slide forward." [Troy Record] [CBS6]

A group of runaway boats floated down the swollen Hudson last night and tumbled over the Federal Dam. [@TroyMayor] [@TroyMayor]

Flooding along the Mohawk has prompted drinking water conservation advisories in Glenville, Scotia, Niskayuna, and Rotterdam because of concerns about potential damage/impairment to water treatment facilities. [WTEN] [WTEN] [WTEN]

There has been very serious flooding in Schoharie County, the Catskills, and Vermont. [Watershed Post] [Watershed Post] [NYT]

New York City made it through the storm relatively unscathed. Irene had weakened significantly before hitting the city. [NYT] [NYT]

The Thruway was closed from Exit 24 (I-90/I-87 in Albany) to the Tappan Zee Bridge for a large part of Sunday. The Thruway Authority said parts of the road were under 3-4 feet of water. The Thruway was also closed for a while from Amsterdam to Canajoharie. [AP/Post-Star] [YNN]

Albany police say four men were stabbed early Saturday morning during a brawl at a stop-the-violence party in the South End (map). (Yep, you read the correctly.) [TU]

North Greenbush police say a boy on a bike was hit by car and injured in an alleged hit-and-run Saturday night. They say they've arrested a Troy woman. [Troy Record] [TU]

Arash Alaei -- who was imprisoned in Iran with his brother, Kamiar Alaei -- has reportedly been released. Kamiar was released earlier this year. The brothers, both AIDS doctors, were imprisoned for allegedly trying to overthrow the government of Irana. [CNN] [TU]

Residents of McKownville aren't too happy that UAlbany could be making a "land grab" in their neighborhood (map). [Daily Gazette]

Watervliet and Guilderland are studying whether it makes sense to consolidate drinking water delivery operations (Watervliet gets its water from a reservoir on the Normanskill). [TU]

Gettysburgh Flag Works in East Greenbush says sales of American flags have been booming since the Fourth of July. [TU]

Mazzone is planning to open a Prime restaurant in Clifton Park with a lower price point than its other two locations. [TU]

The winner of the Travers Saturday at The Track: Stay Thirsty. The crowd that day: more than 43,000. Racing was cancelled on Sunday because of Irene. [Saratogian] [TU] [Saratogian]

photo: Chuck Miller

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