'I have never seen anything like this' - Ice jam devastates Ellisburg RV park

Ice damage at the Up the Creek Campgrounds in Ellisburg

An ice jam has devastated a portion of an RV campground in the Jefferson County Town of Ellisburg.

Over the last two days, huge chunks of ice backed up at a tributary in Sandy Creek, pushing aside a number of RVs and other structures at the Up the Creek Campgrounds, off of Route 3.

According to Phil Locy, most of the RVs are owned by people who live out of state and visit the campgrounds in the summer.

"I have never seen anything like this," Locy says.

Locy says during this past summer road crews redirected a creek to run closer to the RV park. He thinks that may have played a roll in allowing the ice jam to back up into the park.

According Jefferson County Emergency Management Director Joe Plummer, the waters have receded and Route 3 has reopened in the vicinity of Sandy Creek.

The ice jams also occurred in neighboring Oswego County at Sandy Pond. Oswego County EMS Director Dale Currier says the worst is over and says things should improve as long as there is no further precipitation. However, officials are still urging caution to those who live in the area.

â??People should continue be very aware of their surroundings,â?? says Sandy Creek Supervisor Nancy Ridgeway. Officials add "Residents and property owners west of Route 3 in the town should continue to check their residences and ensure their propane and other gas tanks are secured. If necessary, they should turn off electrical power."

The National Weather Service has cancelled its flood warning for the North Sandy Pond area. CNY Central Meteorologist Peter Hall says "Waters have receded in the North Sandy Pond area of north-central Oswego County. There still may be some residual localized high water or moisture left over near or west of the Route 3 corridor near the North Sandy Pond area."

Officials say the lake effect snow state of emergency issued last week for the Tug Hill area is still in effect.