By all accounts, from backyard meteorologists like Scott P. using a tin can measure, to the National Weather Service, between nine and twelve inches of rain fell in our area during eight days of rain ending on Saturaday, October 15, 2005.
On that same Saturday, the Croton River swelled to many feet above the normal range. At Silver Lake Park, the beach area was completely underwater by one to two feet at its most shallow point. Further, Alligator Rock was not visible and the rock jetty was completely overun with rushing river water. Down river from Silver Lake Park, the rapids would have excited the most experienced of white water adventurer with an ultra-fast current and water temperatures in the lower sixty-degree range.
As you’ll notice in the slideshow, if rains like this fell during the summer, the park would most likely be closed. Forecasters expect rivers like the Croton River to begin receeding as early as Monday and may take at least a week, barring no more significant amounts of rainfall, to return to normal levels.