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Stevenson Street bridge reopened to traffic after ice jam concerns

The Stevenson Street bridge was closed to traffic midday Tuesday because of concerns over an ice jam forming there in Cazenovia Creek, city and county officials said.

"Just talked to Don Polito of Buffalo's Engineering Division," tweeted County Executive Mark Poloncarz, who posted photos of the ice-filled creek. "We both were watching an ice jam at the Stevenson Road Bridge over Caz Creek. The bridge is closed to traffic now. Lots of ice boulders in Caz Park but water is moving, especially downstream."

Buffalo Common Council tweeted a warning about the ice jams, saying: "Please be advised that Buffalo, Cayuga and Cazenovia Creeks all have the high potential for ice jam flooding. Residents in the area of these creeks should be aware and take precautionary measures."

The National Weather Service in Buffalo warned people who live near rivers and creeks in South Buffalo and central Erie County late Tuesday morning that "localized flooding will be possible in the vicinity of any ice jams. People living in areas that are prone to ice jam flooding should take the time in advance to prepare for the potential for flooding."

The bridge was reopened at roughly 6 p.m.



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