Ice floe jammed under bridge, water rising fast

Posted at 1:58 PM, Nov 23, 2014

An ice floe is jammed under a bridge on Ridge Road, and water is rising rapidly.

The bridge in West Seneca is at the corner of Orchard Park Road and Ridge Road, over Cazenovia Creek.

A flood warning remains in effect until 4:15 p.m. ET Monday for Erie, Northern Chautauqua, Wyoming, Southern Genesee and Northwestern Cattaraugus counties.

Another ice jam has formed in Buffalo Creek upstream of the Buffalo River. The jams are expected to exacerbate the flood threat.

Residents near creeks are urged to take precautions to prepare for possible flooding now.

This includes moving items from basements. Residents should be prepared to evacuate if ice jams force water over river banks as moving water is a life-threatening situation.

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Since many storm drains are snow-clogged, many urban areas will likely experience flooding with several feet of water possibly accumulating on several stretches of road. Residential basements will start to flood during this time as well.

In addition, very strong winds are expected to develop Monday and Monday night. These winds could bring down some trees and power lines resulting in scattered power outages. This will cause sump pumps to fail.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported.

Stream rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

Evacuation plans are being prepared and the Red Cross is setting up shelters. The state has brought in significant resources in the event of flooding.

In case of an evacuation due to flooding, the Red Cross says you should have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go.

In your kit, make sure you have at least a three day supply of food and water, your medications and copies of personal documents, medications, a First Aid kit, cell phone and chargers, and a list of family and emergency contact information.

More than 100 volunteers have been operating shelters across Western new York since the storm began Tuesday. More than 800 people have stayed overnight, nearly 2,200 meals and snacks have been served, 13 comfort kits have been distributed, and 94 health service contact and 109 mental health contacts were made.

The Red Cross is putting additional shelters on standby as officials watch the rising waters of creeks in Western New York.