Syracuse, N.Y. (WKBW) - Hurricane Irene has caused havoc in Eastern New York State and major flooding has forced the Thruway to be shut down. The I-90 will remain closed Eastbound between exit 34A, which is the Syracuse exit, to 25A, in Schenectady. Detours have been posted in these areas but expect problems if you are heading toward Albany, Tuesday.
In the small ski resort town of Windham, New York, more than 2,000 people became trapped as the water rapidly rose. The Batavia Kill River spilled over its banks, washing out nearly everything in its path.
The same scene happened in the Mohawk River Valley, which has prompted authorities to shutdown the Thruway in the area. Meanwhile, several Western New Yorkers are being dispatched to these areas to lend a helping hand.
"The Eastern part of the state was the hardest hit. There was lots of flood damage and tons of people without power so we're going in to try and o whatever we can to assist people in need," Thomas Applin with the Salvation Army said.
Drivers heading east should find an alternate route. Again, officials are expecting delays in that area, especially if people don't heed the warnings.
If you would like to find an alternate route click on the Thruway Authority link.