Ithaca City Workers Spend Weekend Clearing Ice Jams, Further Flooding Avoided
Flood waters have receded in Ithaca, public works crews spent the weekend clearing ice jams from Cascadilla creek to prevent more flooding.
Despite heavy rain Saturday and melting snow and ice, Ithaca DPW workers were able to prevent more flooding.
By Sunday morning, water had receded from city streets in areas around the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods, the Cayuga Waterfront Trail was still closed from Route 13 to Stewart Park.
City officials are cautiously optimistic, but are reminding residents of low-lying areas to continue to monitor changes in water levels.
City workers worked into the early morning hours Sunday to clear another ice floe in Fall Creek. The ice moved downstream and blocked the creek north of the Route 13 bridge near Ithaca High School. Using excavators, crews worked to unplug the bottleneck of ice, water and debris.
The ice jams, which formed early last week in subzero temperatures, caused significant flooding midweek and prompted the city to issue a state of emergency.