Ice Jam Break Up Ease Flooding Fears

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 23, 2007 at 7:02 PM EDT

People living along the Susquehanna River in the Town of Kirkwood say goodbye to the ice jam.

After it broke apart overnight, the Susquehanna River is flowing.

The state of emergency has been lifted and people are allowed back in their homes.

"Where the river level is, what the forecast is, the weather and where it will be at the end of the weekend, we're going to lift that today and let people go back in," says Town of Kirkwood Supervisor Gordon Kniffen.

Kniffen says evacuating a handful of homes was a precaution.

It was the second time in a week the ice jam forced evacuations in Kirkwood and across the river in Conklin.

This was the scene last week along Stillwater Road in Conklin.

The ice jam caused minor flooding and crept closer to homes.

This Kirkwood homeowner never saw such an ice jam.

"I was heading down here every 3 to 4 hours. I thought we were done. In 1936 was the last time it happened," says Robert Geiger of Kirkwood.

With the Susquehanna River now below flood stages, Supervisor Kniffen says everyone is breathing a sigh of relief.

But he says it's only a matter of time until the town of Kirkwood floods again.

"This particular crisis is over but the overall crisis is not over. It's an ongoing crisis," says Kniffen.

And each time it floods, the town says its learns more and more about how to deal with it.

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