Western New York Braces for Possible Flooding

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) The rain and warmer temperatures in the weekend forecast have officials in Western New York monitoring waterways.

As of Friday, ice levels were about six inches thick throughout local creeks and the Buffalo River.

Crews have been working to break up the ice in the event that heavy flooding happens, in an effort to prevent any possible issues.

With rise in the temperatures, the Coast Guard is warning people to stay off of the ice. If you have plans to go ice fishing or any other activities that might bring you near the waterways, you're advised to hold off for now.

Officials don't anticipate much flooding but say the key to managing the region is to monitor the waterways.

As of Friday, there were no plans to alter travel routes located near rivers and creeks, but if the weather poses a problem, that could change.