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UPDATE: Crews back at work trying to break up ice jam

UPDATE: Crews back at work trying to break up ice jam

UPDATE: 6:30 a.m.

Public works crews get back to work Tuesday morning to try and clear up an ice jam that flooded portions of the city of Ithaca on Monday.

Water levels are down in hardest hit areas of the city, specifically in the Fall Creek neighborhood. The problem, however, is that cold temperatures overnight have caused everything to freeze over.

The last official list from city of Ithaca officials indicated these streets were blocked to traffic, and no parking was allowed:

  • 300 block of Dey Street
  • Franklin Street, from the Piggery east to Cascadilla Creek
  • 400 block of Adams Street

A number of streets were opened as of Monday night, but parking was prohibited:

  • 200 & 300 blocks of West Lincoln Street
  • Short Street
  • 100, 200 & 300 blocks of Franklin Street
  • 200 block of Dey Street

The problems went beyond closed streets for some Ithaca residents, who couldn’t stay in their homes Monday night because they were flooded out.

“A few people’s basements flooded,” said Ithaca Fire Lieutenant Tom Basher. “Most people’s utilities will be down in the basement, and once the water impinges on them, they need to be shut down. We had crews in all day long to clear people’s basements, and pump water out.”

Ithaca crews were expected to get back to work at 7 a.m. Tuesday to start clearing ice from the Cascadilla Creek.

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Public Works crews in Ithaca continue to try and break up an ice jam in the Cascadilla Creek, which has led to widespread flooding in the city.

As of 7:30 tonight, the city listed a number of streets that were still blocked to traffic. Parking is also prohibited on the following streets:

  • 300 block of Dey Street
  • Franklin Street, from the Piggery east to Cascadilla Creek
  • 400 block of Adams Street

A number of streets are now open, but parking is prohibited:

  • 200 & 300 blocks of West Lincoln Street
  • Short Street
  • 100, 200 & 300 blocks of Franklin Street
  • 200 block of Dey Street

Public works, fire and police crews worked throughout the day Monday to try and break up the ice jam, and to try and keep traffic moving.

A number of city residents have been forced to find another place to stay for the night, and flooding is a problem in a number of basements in areas of Fall Creek.

City officials say if you have water in your house, and you don’t have an operating sump-pump, you can call the Ithaca Fire Department, through the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, at 607-273-7288.

 

 

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