Towns prepare for possible evacuations caused by ice jams

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – After winter weather hit the Capital Region, temperatures have been warming up Saturday, which creates a concern for ice jams.

Ice logs were piled up inches beneath a bridge near Kent Street on Friday night. Fire Chief Paul Marozzi is one of the many concerned over what might happen over the weekend.

“Hasn't been bas at all yet, we are anticipating this weekend, the increase in rain and temperatures for higher levels of water,” said Marozzi.

Those high level waters could mean flooding for residents like Destiny Robinson, who lives right near the creek in Saratoga County.

“We are afraid once it melts, it will rise and flood us out,” said Robinson.

She says her neighbor's basement has been flooded out by the ice jams. She said if it happen to her house, she'd depend on the fire department.

“Have to rely on the fire department and our landlord to handle that,” said Robinson.

The ice jams have been a problem for people throughout the Capital Region and as far out as Fort Plain and Buskirk near the Hoosick River.

Ballston Spa has been prepared to evacuate area residents if the levels become too high.

“With the Sheriff's reverse 911 we will notify residents in the event of an evacuation,” explained Marozzi.

Marozzi and town officials gathered for an emergency meeting on Friday night to discuss plans in case an evacuation is needed.

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