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Update: City crews work through Saturday to remove ice, prevent floods

Update: City crews work through Saturday to remove ice, prevent floods

The Cascadilla Creek continued to fill with ice chunks Saturday, causing some flooding issues in Fall Creek neighborhoods. Photo: WHCU/Greg Fry

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.

City crews worked through the afternoon to try and clear ice jams in Ithaca’s creeks.

Most of the work was focused on the area of Madison Street and Lake Avenue, where four excavators worked late in the afternoon to clear ice jams near the bridge there.

City officials closed down Thompson Park, just off of Cayuga Street, by about 3:30 p.m, because of flooding in that area.

Some streets in Fall Creek had standing water as of late Saturday afternoon, as many people stood on sidewalks and watched city crews at work.

Public works crews were lifting ice chunks and water out of area creeks, and placing the ice into city dump trucks for removal.

The location to pick up sand bags down at the DPW facility on Willow Avenue closed at 6 p.m., but three locations (Hickey’s Music, Neighborhood Pride and Northstar Restaurant) were places where people could pick up materials if still needed.

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.

Flooding quickly became a problem in a number of Ithaca neighborhoods Saturday afternoon.

Flooding was reported around areas of Franklin, Adams, Madison, First and Second streets, along with Willow Avenue.

Police said large pieces of ice are quickly breaking free as water begins to flow rapidly through Ithaca’s creek, specifically the Cascadilla Creek.

Police say through their Facebook page that there are a large number of streets in the Fall Creek neighborhood that are experiencing flooding.

 

Steady rain started falling on the Ithaca area late Saturday morning, as city officials and residents are hoping flooding won’t be too much of a problem this weekend.

Ithaca Fire officials said early Saturday afternoon that rain predictions aren’t expected to hit what they were on Friday. Fire officials told WHCU that up to 3/4 of an inch of rain could come with this latest precipitation.

City officials say they’ve filled over 6,000 sand bags in preparation for possible flooding.

Public works crews were out once again starting Saturday morning using excavators to try and clear ice from Ithaca’s creeks, specifically, the Cascadilla Creek.

The city also shut down a portion of Lincoln Street early Saturday for ice removal operations. Later in the morning, police officials shut down a pedestrian bridge in Stewart Park because of rising water levels.

By 12:30 Saturday afternoon, streets were passable, as water began to pool on the sides of streets.

Police department officials said Saturday that sand bags are available for city residents at the following locations:

  • Northstar Restaurant, 202 East Falls Street
  • Neighborhood Pride Grocery Store, 212 Hancock Street
  • Hickey’s Music, 104 Adams Street

Residents who need a place to park their car, should streets close or parking restrictions go into place, can also do so in the Neighborhood Pride parking lot on Hancock, or in the Green and Seneca Street garages in the city.

The city also put out a warning Saturday morning about walking on ice-covered creeks, as there were reports of people walking on the Cascadilla Creek.

 

 

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