(WBNG Binghamton) Mayor Svante Myrick has declared a local State of Emergency due to the flooding caused by ice jams in the creeks of the City of Ithaca for the purpose of securing outside resources, if needed.
According to a news release issued Tuesday:
The Department of Public Works continues to battle the ice jams in Cascadilla Creek.
The freezing temperatures have created additional jams causing localized flooding in the First Street, Monroe Street, Madison Street, and Hancock Street area of the City. In addition, other areas of the City have experienced icy conditions due to residual water remaining in the streets.
All of the creeks in the City are being monitored closely, and officials have been in contact with the National Weather Service to prepare for the impacts that warmer weather and rain may create later in the week.
The following blocks are closed to traffic and parking is prohibited until further notice:
100 - 300 Blocks of First Street
The following blocks are open but parking is prohibited until further notice:
400 Block of Adams Street
100-200 Blocks of Madison Street
200-600 Blocks of Willow Avenue
People should use extreme caution in these areas as water and ice have created dangerous conditions and typical treatments such as salt are not as effective at these extreme temperatures.
City residents who live in the vicinity of Cascadilla Creek, Six Mile Creek and Fall Creek should remain vigilant to weather and creek conditions, and prepare to protect their properties.
• Remove valuable items, furniture, carpeting, etc. from the basement
• If you don’t already have an operating sump-pump, consider purchasing one. Check sump-pumps regularly and make sure that the discharge is directed away from any houses, and into the storm sewer if possible.
• If able, safely remove ice and debris from the storm sewer in front of your home & business
• Adhere to street closures, parking prohibitions, and the odd / even parking regulations as they will be strictly enforced by the Ithaca Police Department to assist DPW efforts to clear streets and drainage structures.
If you have water in your home and do not have an operating sump-pump, the Ithaca Fire Department may be available to assist and check your utilities such as gas and electric. You can contact them through the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response at (607) 273-7288.