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Shoreside residents face clean up after ice jam flooding

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y.(WKTV) - Residents who had to evacuate their homes due to rising waters from an ice jam in Sylvan Beach were allowed to return to their homes Thursday night. The ice jam between Fish Creek and Barge Canal broke apart around 5 pm. allowing water to flow into Oneida Lake as it normally does.

The Red Cross closed its shelter at the Village Hall shortly after 6 pm. and National Grid restored power to residences.

Throughout the afternoon crews worked in frigid temperatures to rescue almost 30 residents.

With waters rising a foot an hour, National Grid shut off power and crews hurried to get to more residents before night hit.

Sylvan Beach's Second Assistant Fire Chief Rick Johnson said the ice jam naturally breaking was the "best scenario we could have hoped for" for them, allowing the water to slowly recede.

The clean up is looking like it will take some time as pieces of homes and even a boat dock were seen floating through the canal Thursday night.

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