Ice jams begin to rise as the snow begins to melt

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18 NEWS met with officials today on the importance of preparing for flooding across the Twin Tiers, as ice jams begin to stack up in the Chemung River and other larger creeks.

The water underneath the ice will soon begin running as the sun begins shining more throughout certain parts of the Southern Tier.

Officials are not currently to worried about the height of the Chemung River as long as the rain storms that we are expecting, do not create to much excess water before the ice has completely melted.

If the river ends up filling with too much water and there is still ice on the surface, that is when ice is pushed down the river until it hits a structure of some sort. This is what ends up creating an ice jam which doesn’t allow for water to run efficiently and then flooding will begin.

Officials also want people in the community to remember ‘it is not rivers that create floods, it’s the weather itself.’ 

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