The Beaverkill/Willowemoc watershed received some much-needed rain on Tuesday. Despite forecasts for rainshowers ending by late morning, the rain continued steadily until mid-to late-afternoon, raising the level of the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls to above flood stage, or above 10,000 CFS (cubic feet per second). The Willowemoc had risen above the rock wall lining the playground at Livingston Manor School and was cafe-au-lait colored by late morning. The lack of snow left on the ground staved off any major flooding.
By Wednesday evening the waters had receded - to 2640 cfs; the average flow for this date is 620 cfs over 97 years of recor-keeping. The highest flow recorded on March 13 was 10,900 in 1977; the lowest recorded flow was just 73 cubic feet per second in 1941.
The rain also pushed the total of the NYC reservoir levels up to 89.8 % capacity, which is just over the "normal" capacity of 88%, good news for trout and trout anglers, heading toward the beginning of trout season.