Albany, NY Freshet, Feb 1857
The tracks of both the Western and Hudson River Railroads were submerged, and the passenger depots surrounded with ice.
From this point south to Greenwich Village, the destruction of property must have been great, the water rising to the roadway; and in Greenbush it must have reached the second stories of the buildings east of Broadway.]
The Albany Evening Journal of Wednesday has the following:
It was dangerous to cross the river yesterday afternoon in a boat, and a party consisting of Lola Montes, her niece, agent and a friend, who left Stanwix Hall in a skiff boat for the Boston depot, came near being stranded by coming in contact with a cake of ice. The boat was carried down the river, and when opposite the Greenbush ferry dock it became imbedded in the ice, and the party would have perished had it not been for some heroic men, who, by means of boards, made a safe pathway from the shore to the boat, over which they were safely conducted to the shore, and thence to the depot, where they took the train.
Though the river, yesterday, was impassable, this morning persons crossed over it upon the ice with safety. Passengers from the east and south who have been detained at East Albany since Monday by the extortions of owners of horses and wagons, reached this city this morning. From $25 to $50 was demanded from passengers for a ride to Troy, and an offer of $5 was sneered at and considered a joke.
The subsiding of the flood has enabled us to visit that portion of our city which has been inundated and is still surrounded with ice and water. It is an appalling sight to witness the destruction and misery it had brought upon those of our citizens who are least able to bear it.
So sudden and unexpected was the rise of the river that at least two-thirds of those residing south of State street knew nothing of the flood until Monday morning, when they found their dwellings inundated. There is scarcely an individual in the southern part of the city but has sustained some loss in the destruction of household articles, food, raiment and property. Towards the river-side, houses have been carried from their foundations, buildings cracked, floors have been torn up, and the fronts battered in by ice.
The New York Times, New York, NY 13 Feb 1857
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