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Warm Up Brings Ice Jam Danger to Twin Tiers

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Ice jams could be an unwelcome add-on to the warmer temperatures most Twin Tiers and Central New York residents were looking forward to. 

Authorities remind people in flood-prone areas to keep an eye on rivers and smaller tributaries that have frozen over.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton says it is very concerned about ice jam danger and forecasters are hoping for a slow-melt.

Officials at NOAA say there is a network of river-watchers keeping track of the major tributaries but they rely on authorities and residents to report problems on smaller streams and narrow areas under bridges. ice jams can be reported to the county emergency services authorities or by calling the National Weather Service.

Another hazard with the warming could come from above with falling icicles. 

Homeowners wanting to knock some of the ice from eaves should also be extra cautious to give themselves as much distance as possible to avoid being hit by the falling ice.

There have been numerous reports over the years of people being killed by falling icicles.

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