Warmer temps lead to rising water, road closures

Warmer temps lead to rising water, road closures

ILION – Warmer temperatures, melting snow and rain have officials keeping a close eye on local waterways and have lead to a number of flooding issues and road closures.

Large chunks of ice have clogged Steele Creek.

In Ilion, a section of State Route 51/Otsego Street, between Weber Avenue and John Street, has temporarily been closed. The closure comes at the request of the State Department of Transportation as it addresses rising water and ice jam issues with Steele Creek, the Ilion Police Department announced. Traffic is being detoured around that section of Otsego Street.

Flooding on Otsego Street Jan. 12

Central Valley Academy is accessible via Richfield Street to Columbia Parkway.

Large chunks of ice have been flowing down the creek and are getting caught at bridges, creating ice jams and potential flooding.

In Mohawk, Officials are keeping an eye on Fulmer Creek, but no flooding issues nor road closures have been reported thus far.

Fulmer Creek at West Main Street, Mohawk.

The unseasonably warm temperatures are not expected to last beyond today, however. According to WKTV’s Weather Center, A cold front will move through Friday night resulting in freezing rain turning to snow, and bringing the return of below-freezing temperatures for the next week.

An ice-filled Steele Creek

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