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Local DOT begins ice clean-up at Sauquoit Creek

The State deployed the local Department of Transportation to the Sauquoit Creek in Whitesboro Thursday afternoon, with a focus on monitoring and clearing ice jams.

Posted: Jan 25, 2018 11:18 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2018 12:57 PM

The State deployed the local Department of Transportation to the Sauquoit Creek in Whitesboro Thursday afternoon, with a focus on monitoring and clearing ice jams.

The goal is to be proactive and avoid more flooding.

Local DOT crews were instructed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to remove massive amounts of ice along the banks of the Sauquoit Creek in an effort to be proactive.

Over the past couple of weeks, the drastic fluctuations in temperature has had a significant impact on the Sauquoit Creek whether it be flooding or ice jams.

On Thursday, the NYS Department of Transportation took preventative measures to keep either of those from happening.

The creek is free flowing now but ice has built up along the sides, which crews started breaking down and removing.

Residents say they're fed up and officials add they're trying to prevent them from having to deal with it in the future.

"It's getting to the point now where it beats a business up," said Mike Sanfilippo. "I'm trying to stay afloat here and I wanna stay here because I enjoy this area, I enjoy the people here but ya know if it happens again I'm probably not gonna stay. "

"What we have done is move in some excavators and some large dumps to haul away some of that ice so we can keep that creek open, flowing as best we can and prevent a repeat what typically occurs around that CXS bridge at times," said Todd Westhuis, Chief of Staff at the NYS DOT.

Crews are expected to be on scene for as long as it takes to remove the ice and are hoping this area will have some relief of flooding and ice jams this weekend.

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