Ice jams in river prompt flood warning

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – There is a Flash Flood Warning for the Upper Niagara River in northwestern Erie County and southwestern Niagara County. This includes Niagara Falls and Grand Island.

Ice jams are causing flooding, but the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation have brought out ice breakers to clear the jams. The power plant is being operated under ice condition procedures and operations have not been affected.

The ice jam has formed between the Power Authority and Cayuga Island, and is causing flooding on Robert Moses Parkway underneath the Grand Island Bridge. Officials say ice is flowing over the ice boom, leading to jams in the Upper Niagara River.

Officials say it was six inches away from flooding residential areas, but the water level is leveling off, which means the ice breakers are having success in clearing jams.

The flood warning lasts until 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

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