Ice jams prompt early dismissal


Steuben County Emergency Management Services and other officials recommended the Campbell-Savona Central School District to call for an early dismissal around noon on Tuesday due to rapidly rising waters caused by ice jams.  

The Cohocton River was littered with large, dense chunks of ice pushing down the stream Tuesday afternoon. Some trees were even seen snapping off roots. 

A bridge in Coopers Plains attracted an audience to watch mother nature break winter’s icy grip down the Cohocton River.

“It’s kind of an exciting thing to do around New York — we kind of all enjoy it,” Cindy Buck, a Campbell resident said. “I’ll make sure that our neighbors are fine, the nearby towns, and make sure that everybody’s safe.”

With enourmous slabs of ice thrushing through water, and sometimes onto land, officials said it is important to heed their warnings. 

“In these situations with ice jams, the flooding can come very rapidly,” Timothy Marshall, Director of Steuben County Emergency Services, said. “Be prepared for rapidly rising waters when ice jams are present.”

Few residents weren’t too concerned this time around compared to last year’s flooding in the same area, especially with this year’s ice consistently flowing and breaking up. 

“They’re pretty good about it before it gets too bad,” Campbell resident Don Crouch said about local officials. 

Steuben County Emergency Management wrapped up just before 2 p.m. 

“Luckily the ice broke and moved downstream and Campbell is safe now,” Marshall said. 

He also said ice isn’t aniticapted to jam up any further than Tuesday’s since temperatures are looking to drop severely low in the near forecast

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