Neighbors worry about possible ice jam flooding

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jan 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 23:24:02-05

"Every time the weather changes or it thaws, we worry," said Pat Sturgess who lives in West Seneca as she walked her dog Wednesday night.

With the freeze and thaw in temps, neighbors like Sturgess worry about the possibility of ice jam flooding along Cazenovia Creek.

Local towns are keeping an eye on water levels, and doing what they can to lessen the burden of the thick ice that has no where to go.

"We worry about our basements if it rains," she said. "If it rains too much, if our house is going to leak. I have had that trouble all year."

On the water today breaking up ice was the Edward Cotter, the oldest fire boat still running strong at 200 tons. The Cotter was breaking up ice that is more than a foot thick on the Buffalo River.

"It's easier for us to go out before it's going to thaw so the ice doesn't start stacking up on itself," said John Stix, Captain of the Cotter.