Conditions in Otsego County

The Otsego County Emergency Services personnel are continuing to watch the rivers and creeks for flooding and ice jams, but they also have other concerns.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 5:39 PM

Emergency Services personnel are busy keeping an eye on the smaller creeks and rivers for ice jams and flooding. The Susquehanna River in Unadilla, and some of the Wartman Creek in the Town of Edmeston are generally the problem areas, but Otsego County Emergency Services Coordinator Art Klingler has other concerns.

"The main thing we watch for is the lake shores to make sure we don’t have anything too high there. A lot of the small creeks are flowing good this morning. We’ve checked them all on the way up coming in this morning and everything seems to be flowing well."

Because there are so many small creeks throughout the County it’s a task to watch them all.

"Our staff’s pretty much split up around the County so I’ve got pretty much all 4 corners of the County covered for spotters to look for things, and we have a lot of citizens who are familiar with the area that will let us know if an issue comes up or if there’s something we need to be concerned with."

And even though there isn’t any flooding going on now Klingler is hoping the warm weather was enough to completely clear the streams.

"It allows the time for any potential jams, they’re still melting today as the day goes on with the warmer breeze and the warm temperatures, so their softening up enough so when it does freeze hopefully they’ve already broken loose enough so any potentials will be eliminated prior to the deep cold coming in again."

While Emergency Services personnel are going to continue to monitor rivers and streams throughout Otsego County, right now they don’t see any problems in the near future.

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