Governor Andrew Cuomo urged local governments across the state to prepare for possible ice jam flooding as temperatures begin to rise.
Oneida County has set up an emergency response center to coordinate a team of local and state officials and staged heavy equipment along known flooding locations in order to prepare for potential flooding caused by anticipated ice jams.
State agencies are monitoring ice jams and potential ice jam formations statewide and are sending assistance to prevent and minimize damage.
“We’ve had sub-zero temperatures over the past week as everybody knows. A lot of ice, thick ice, in streams, creeks, rivers—all across the state. Especially Upstate New York. And when we have the dramatic warming, you will see that ice start to break up. The problem we’re anticipating is large chunks of ice that are thick—thicker than normal, larger than normal because of the extreme cold—and those pieces of ice, once they start to break up, can clog rivers and streams and create serious flooding,” Gov. Cuomo said.