The Town Of Jay in the Adirondacks issued a precautionary State Of Emergency Wednesday evening and officials are working to prevent any potential ice jams or flooding.
The State of Emergency automatically remains in effect for five days. Town Supervisor Archie Depo says it was issued because freezing rain and warmer weather increased the potential for ice jams on the AuSable River. Depo reports although there are no problems, the community in Essex County is taking precautions. “We’re breaking up ice down below the jam so if the jam was to break it would have a place to go.”
Following Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, some homes in the AuSable River floodplain were bought out by FEMA.