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Ice jams in Niagara River cause flood worries

On Grand Island, concerned residents began calling Town Hall to report high water levels near their homes on the river and near Woods Creek.

By Tuesday afternoon, water was creeping up onto lawns on the north end of the Island at East River Road across from Cayuga Island, as well as near Baseline and Long Roads, which back up to Woods Creek. There was also isolated flooding on the Robert Moses Parkway underneath the North Grand Island Bridge. The rising water levels were caused by strong winds and ice inflows.

At 1:15 p.m., the New York Power Authority extended a flood warning to include all areas of the East Channel of the Niagara River from Grand Island to Cayuga Island.

“The last thing you’re thinking about is flooding because any water is frozen solid,” said Mary Cooke, Grand Island supervisor. “That was before we heard about the ice jam.”

Canadian and American ice breaker boats had been out working on the jam, and had gotten things moving around noon.

“We got a call saying we’re not out of the woods yet, but that they’ve made progress,” Cooke said.

Freezing temperatures also led to isolated water main breaks on Fix Road, on the west end of Whitehaven Road and two on Ferry Road. Some residents were without water, but crews worked steadily in hopes of restoring service before the end of the day.

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