State To Study Flooding, Ice Jams On Four County Creeks

Silver Creek Ice Jam. Image date January 12, 2018. Image by New York State Police.

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY – New York State will dedicate $3 million to conduct a study to reduce flooding and ice jams on four creeks in the county.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement this week. Cuomo said, in total, the state is looking into a total of 48 flood-prone water ways throughout the state.

The four creeks in Chautauqua County include Silver Creek, Walnut Creek, Canadaway Creek and Crooked Brook, all of which are in the north county.

Cuomo said the study will use advanced modeling techniques and field assessments to identify priority projects and actions to reduce community flood and ice jam risks, while improving habitat.

The Governor did not give a timeline as to when the research will begin.

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