Crews making progress in breaking up Ithaca ice jam, flood waters receding

A large excavator is breaking up the ice jam in the city of Ithaca. Conditions are much better than yesterday.

The City of Ithaca has made progress in breaking up the ice jam in Cascadilla Creek as crews resumed work early this morning. A large excavator has been pulling out ice chunks, and DPW workers are driving them away in dump trucks.

Mayor Svante Myrick declared a local State of Emergency for the purpose of securing outside resources to deal with the flooding if needed.

Most streets in Ithaca's Fall Creek neighborhood are back open, but a few streets are still seeing some localized flooding. The 100 to 300 blocks of First Street are still closed to traffic. A few more blocks are now open, but will not allow parking until further notice. These blocks include the 400 block of Adams Street, the 100 to 200 blocks of Madison Street, and the 200 through 600 blocks of Willow Avenue.

Neighbors were grateful on Tuesday that city crews had been able to break up the ice jam enough to let some water out. Paul Davis says the furnace in his Dey Street home was destroyed by flood water in his basement but knows the damage could have been much worse.

"Another four or six inches and it would have gotten into the electric box. So right now we've been able to keep the pipes from freezing by using space heaters," said Davis.

Many neighbors are hoping the remaining ice in Cascadilla Creek will be able to melt gradually and a similar ice jam situation will not be a problem later this week.

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