Crews prep ice for warming temperatures

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Many western New Yorkers are enjoying the warmer temperatures. Some homeowners in West Seneca are worried it will cause flooding. Crews are working to prevent flooding.

Members of the Buffalo Police Underwater Rescue Team have been out cutting triangles in the ice Wednesday morning. At 10 a.m. they started cutting the triangles in Buffalo Creek, to alleviate pressures. This way if the temperatures continue to warm and creek waters rise, it hopefully won’t flood.

West Seneca residents are bracing themselves for another round of potential flooding.

“I’m nervous about the warm up. We’ve had thaws many of times in the past,” said West Seneca resident Stephanie Serrano. “But never with 20 feet of ice still on the side of the creek and that’s what worries me.”

PHOTOS | Crews prep ice for warming temperatures in the Buffalo River and Buffalo Creek

“Crews are going to have a dry suit they’ll be in their suits, go out onto the ice carefully, take and make cuts into the ice with chain saws,” said West Seneca Town Supervisor John Gullo.

The Edward Cotter was out on the Buffalo River Wednesday, going from one edge of the water to another, breaking up ice that is at least one-foot thick.

Buffalo Fire Boat Captain Tom Bunk says going through the water before the flood watch starts Thursday night is a key preventative measure to help the water flow from the creeks into the Buffalo River. He says it gives the ice a place to go.

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