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Street reopens after ice jam causes flooding in Herkimer

By ANNA MEILER

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Residents in Herkimer feel like they can't catch a break. They dealt with massive flooding over the summer and now in January they have chunks of ice flowing down their roads.

An ice jam in the Bellinger Brook in the Village of Herkimer caused the flooding Tuesday afternoon, but crews say the ice is now out of the creek and just needs to be hauled from the area.

The upper part of Church Street is now open to traffic after being closed off for most of the afternoon.

The water started overflowing around 1 p.m. Tuesday.. Crews spent the afternoon digging ice out of the creek trying to alleviate the blockage so the water would start flowing downstream and not over the banks.

Crews also put up concrete barriers to contain the water and protect homes along Church street. They are breaking up the ice slowly so that more jams don't form downstream.

One resident who experienced the severe flooding in June was out keeping tabs on the progress. He says he's frustrated that flooding is not a one-time occurrence.

"I don't like it," said Vern Snyder. "I wish that there were a permanent solution for it. This is not the first time the ice has blocked up this bridge, this creek and it won't be the last time either because the creek is just  too small to handle the volume of water and ice it collects."

The street superintendent says they're working on ideas to prevent this from happening in the future.

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