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Edward M. Cotter fireboat breaks ice in Buffalo River to prevent flooding

City of Buffalo crews on Monday began breaking up ice in the Buffalo River to help prevent possible flooding.

The Buffalo Fire Department fireboat Edward M. Cotter worked at breaking up ice on the lower section of the Buffalo River, from the Michigan Avenue lift bridge to the mouth of the river at Erie Basin Marina.

Michael J. DeGeorge, a spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown, said the city began the work Monday because forecasts for the week ahead call for fluctuating temperatures that could cause flooding.

Crews said the thickness of the ice on the river ranged from 6 to 10 inches.

The Cotter will return to icebreaking Wednesday morning, DeGeorge said.

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