UPDATE: Ice jams are causing flooding throughout the region, such as the Sauquoit Creek in Whitesboro and the Steele Creek in Ilion, and the same is expected along the Oriskany Creek.
On Sauquoit Street in Whitesboro, water is covering the roadway, causing one person needing to be rescued from where they were stranded on their front porch. A crew member of the Whitesboro DPW says the person was stranded without a phone or radio and a nearby firefighter used his radio to report the that a rescue was needed.
Whitesboro residents near the Sauquoit Creek have been evacuated due to flooding several times within the last few years, including during the July 1, 2017 floods that hit Whitesboro especially hard. Oneida County emergency officials are urging residents along the Sauquoit Creek to evacuate today.
Whitesboro DPW crews say they’re currently working near the train bridge to clear the ice jam that’s built up.
There is currently a flood warning in effect until 2:30 p.m. for southeastern Oneida County as ice jams and flooding are expected in the Sauquoit Creek and the Oriskany Creek. According to the alert, emergency management officials have reported a considerable amount of ice along the two creeks, abd rising waters and ice jams are moving down the Sauquoit Creek, with similar conditions on the Oriskany Creek.
“Stay away or be swept away,” the weather alert warns. River banks and culverts also may become unstable and unsafe.
The American Red Cross is currently operating the emergency reception center at the Whitesboro Fire Station on Oriskany Boulevard. It’s available today as a gathering place for local residents who have evacuated their homes.
Red Cross staff and volunteers will be providing snacks, water, blankets and meals for those who gather there throughout the day.
We will continue to provide more updates throughout the day. For the last weather forecasts and radar maps, visit wktv.com/weather.
WHITESBORO – The Oneida County Department of Emergency Services is urging Whitesboro residents near the Sauquoit Creek to evacuate the area due to flooding.
Emergency services officials say the affected areas include Gardner Street, Davis Avenue, Ellis Avenue, Ablett Avenue, Ellmore Drive, Dunham Place, Wind Place and Sauquoit Street.
A shelter has been established at the Whitesboro Fire Station, and any residents needing transportation to evacuate the area can call 911 for help.