The Ithaca Police Department has closed several streets in the low-lying areas of Ithaca's Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods. They say the 300 block of West Lincoln Street, 100 block of East Yates Street, the Madison and Cascadilla Street Bridge, Thompson Park, Monroe Street, and the pedestrian bridge between Stewart Park and the golf course are closed. Avoid driving or walking in these areas.
Area residents are urged to stay away from waterfalls and creeks. "Water is flowing rapidly and large chunks of ice are breaking away unpredictably," say police.
The City of Ithaca is also asking residents to move cars that are parked on the following blocks in the affected neighborhoods:
- Cayuga Street from Farm Street to Yates Street
- Marshall Street from Tioga Street to Willow Ave
- Willow Ave from Monroe Street to Madison Street
- First Street from Monroe Street to Adams Street
Car owners 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.