Ithaca Ice Jam Update
ITHACA - [WENY] Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick held a press conference Tuesday afternoon, regarding the flooding and ice jams that plagued city creeks.
Mayor Myrick recapped the course of events, the response from city workers, and issues to be addressed going forward. Volunteers combated rising waters by filling and distributing over 5 thousand sandbags. Myrick declared a local state of emergency a week ago, and it runs until this Thursday.
No more flooding conditions are forecasted, but the state of emergency remains so that crews can continue to break up the remaining ice jams, and clean up any remaining damage.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said, "There was no handbook for this going in, and for so many natural disasters, there's not going to be a handbook. You're not going to know where exactly the water is coming over the creek, and you don't know exactly what houses are going to be affected. You need to be prepared to be agile."
Mayor Myrick estimates damage and monetary loss to the ice jams to be in the tens of thousands, mostly stemming from overtime wages and equipment rentals.