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DEC to survey ice jam on Fish Creek Wednesday

Department of Environmental Conservation officials on Wednesday will be flying a drone above Fish Creek in Sylvan Beach to survey the recent ice jam and create potential fixes.

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 11:25 AM

SYLVAN BEACH - Department of Environmental Conservation officials on Wednesday will be flying a drone above Fish Creek in Sylvan Beach to survey the recent ice jam and create potential fixes.

It was more than a week ago that a massive ice jam occurred on Fish Creek, and the Sylvan Beach Fire Department says it still stretches across several miles and it hasn’t budged. This is a cause for concern for areas around the creek.

Several people in the area had their homes flooded when the temperatures rose, and those who didn’t say they have the DEC to thank.

“When we built here the DEC made us build our bottom of our floor two feet above the flood mark so we are a little higher than a lot of them, a lot higher than houses over here and over there. This one over here got flooded really bad,” said Sylvan Beach resident Richard Carrier.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated more than 100 National Guard personnel to be ready to support communities affected by ice jams and flooding.

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