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Ice Jams Could Pose Problems in Twin Tiers

Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Emergency management officials and weather forecasters are keeping an eye on rivers in the Binghamton area as ice conditions change with rising and falling temperatures.

The National Weather Service has been advising residents to be aware of the possibility of isolated ice jam flooding because of melting snow and fluctuating temperatures.

Meteorologist Mitch Gilt at the weather service’s Binghamton office says there’s still a lot of ice in the region’s rivers and their tributaries.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program Thursday, Gilt said there had been some ice jam issues in the Chemung basin. There also had been some concerns with a significant ice jam on the Susquehanna River in the Tunkhannock area.

Gilt said the cooler temperatures now will slow the water flow on many streams. As water levels drop, ice will be more likely to remain in place. If refreezing occurs, it will become tougher for the ice to move the next time things warm up and there’s some rain.

Gilt said the evolving ice situation will have to be closely monitored over the next week or two.

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