Buffalo & West Seneca watch for ice jam flooding

Heavy equipment being used to break up the ice in Buffalo & Cazenovia Creeks
Posted at 11:37 AM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 19:17:24-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Spring-like temperatures, that set a new record high for Monday February 4th, are causing a rapid melt-off of blizzard snow and ice that developed over the past week.

The result is high water levels on Buffalo and Cazenovia Creeks and concerns about ice jam flooding in flood-prone areas like West Seneca's Lexington Green neighborhood..

To try and keep the water flowing, crews from Buffalo and West Seneca have been using a long-arm excavator to break up ice under bridges on the problem creeks.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more on how people are watching the water.

Pumps have been set up around West Seneca to prepare for flooding.