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Ice Jams Sauquoit Creek; DOT Prevents Flood

The drastic temperature swings of the past few days are what caused a major ice jam in the Sauquoit Creek. The frigid cold this weekend gave way to warmer temperatures Monday, which melted chunks of ice into the creek, blocking the flow of the water.
The drastic temperature swings of the past few days are what caused a major ice jam in the Sauquoit Creek. The frigid cold this weekend gave way to warmer temperatures Monday, which melted chunks of ice into the creek, blocking the flow of the water.
This summer's flooding was the sixth time in three years that Sauquoit Creek overflowed into the village. And today could've easily been the seventh, if it weren't for workers who quickly responded to the jam.
"They decided to bring down some track hoes--you hate to have the water build up and possibly causing some flooding," said Jim Piccola of the New York State DOT.
Workers broke their way through two solid feet of ice to get the creek moving again. If the ice hadn't broken into giant chunks, it could have clogged the bridge and that could have flooded nearby homes and businesses. Businesses like Mike's Floor Store--located right alongside the creek. Michael Sanfilippo has seen his fair share of floods, the worst one happening in July.
"The water came in through the front doors through the back, it was 33 inches deep in here," he said.
He stayed at work late last night, making sure the same thing didn't happen again.
"Worst case scenario is that that the water backs up and we'd end up with water in here again," he said.
The creek was allocated 200-thousand-dollars for flood prevention work after being named one of the seven "high risk streams" by Governor Cuomo.
"They did a really good job, they cleaned it out really good, but the ice can back the water up so quickly," said Sanfilippo.
The dredging work done won't help prevent ice blockage.
"We'll be monitoring all of our facilities, looking at this and more than likely we're going to end up having these issues again," said Piccola.
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