Ice Jams and Flooding Remain a Concern During Weekend Thaw

BUFFALO, NY - The National Weather Service says an ice jam on Silver Creek Saturday morning was causing flooding of some roads and basements.

According to Silver Creek police, an earlier evacuation order has been lifted and the roads which had been closed are now reopened. State Route 60 in Pomfret, however, was still closed at about 2 p.m. on Saturday due to flooding.

Ice breaking crews have been working across Western New York since Tuesday to prevent post-blizzard flooding as a flood watch moves into effect for most of Western New York from Saturday morning through Sunday Afternoon.

The flood watch applies to all counties in Western New York except Niagara and Orleans counties.

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Crews along the Niagara River plan to keep working on ice breaking through Sunday but believe the warmer temperatures should make the ice easier to cut through.

The process of ice breaking along the river involves the hulls of the ice breaking ships cutting through the ice until they are forced on top of it. After that they sit on top of the ice until the weight of the boat is enough to crack it.

Stronger wind gusts may also force the ice to sink.

In Williamsville, crews used an excavator along the Ellicott Creek to remove brush so that water from melting snow can drain properly.

"We're doing everything possible to be proactive and to avoid a repeat of the area's pre-holiday flooding conditions," said Village Mayor Brian Kulpa. "But we also need residents to do their part in keeping sewer systems clear."

Williamsville residents are being asked to disconnect any sump pumps from the sanitary sewer system hookups that are illegal but frequent in some parts of the area; and to move any valuable items from basement floors.

"The village is doing everything possible to ensure water flows are not disrupted, but as we saw a few weeks ago, we are especially susceptible to flash flooding," said Kulpa. "We all need to play a part in protecting our village from the effects of Mother Nature."


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