PATTERSONVILLE - Many Capital Region residents were drying out on Wednesday night after powerful thunderstorms created flash flooding that encroached into their homes and businesses.
In Pattersonville, in western Schenectady County, Susan Feidner's property on Route 5S is far enough from the Mohawk River not to need flood insurance, but unfortunately it's too close to a backyard culvert overwhelmed by an afternoon deluge.
The result was two feet of water in Susan Feidner's basement.
"It was probably 2:30 or 3:00 and I realized something wasn't right," said Feidner. "I could hear the water. The rain was down pouring. I had a bad feeling. It's not the first time this has happened."
Just around the corner, on Scotch Church Road, Garrett Cowsert was a victim of the same over-matched culvert, where a bulldozer had to clear dislodged boulders and mud from his property.