City of Ithaca expands sandbag distribution as water levels drop in northside creeks

January 11, 2014

The Ithaca Fire Department says water levels in the area's creeks dropped overnight. Though today's forecast for rain has lessened a bit, officials still expect the rain and melting snow and ice upstream to raise water levels again. 

Crews are continuing to use excavating equipment to break up ice in Cascadilla Creek and Fall Creek, and near the golf course. In a handful of instances, crews who needed to bring equipment to a particular spot were unable to reach the owners of vehicles parked in the area, and had to tow the cars to another nearby spot.

Car owners in and around Fall Creek and Ithaca's Northside who want to make sure their cars are out of the way can move them to the Neighborhood Pride parking lot, or to City-owned garages. Officials say they are waiving the 24-hour parking limit in the Seneca Street and Green Street parking garages, and there is no charge for parking over the weekend for any vehicles removed from the garages by 8am on Monday.

The Ithaca Police Department asks area residents not to approach DPW crews operating heavy machinery. Anyone with questions can call the City's info line at 211.

Sand and sandbags are now being distributed not just at 245 Pier Road, at the City of Ithaca's Department of Public Works facility, but at the Neighborhood Pride parking lot, near Hickey's Music at the corner of Dey and Adams Street, and at the Northstar Pub parking lot at the corner of North Tioga Street and East Falls Street. The fire department urges residents in low-lying areas to protect basement doors and windows with sandbags.

Area residents should also check that their basements are dry and that sump pumps are working. Anyone without a sump pump is encouraged to install one. IFD says Cayuga Lumber, Agway, I.D. Booth, Lowe's, and Home Depot all have sump pumps in stock.

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