Flooding Concerns in Ithaca

Residents in the Fall Creek neighborhood in the City of Ithaca are experiencing localized flooding due to an ice jam in Cascadilla Creek.  City Officials are monitoring all of the creeks closely, and the Department of Public Works has been working all day to break up the ice and alleviate the flooding. 

The following blocks are closed to traffic and parking is prohibited until further noticed:

300 Block of Dey Street

Franklin Street from the Piggery East to Cascadilla Creek

400 Block of Adams Street


The following blocks are now open but parking is prohibited until further notice:

200 & 300 Blocks of West Lincoln Street

Short Street

100, 200, 300 Blocks of Franklin Street

200 Block of Dey Street


It is expected that any water remaining in the streets will freeze as temperatures drop.


City residents who live close to Fall Creek should protect their property by:

  • Monitoring local weather conditions closely
  • Making sure valuable items are removed from basement floors
  • Checking your sump-pump regularly
  • Making sure that the discharge from your sump-pump is directed away from your home, and into the storm sewer if possible.  Care should be taken because the combination of water and severe cold can produce significant ice on the streets and sidewalks.
  • Removing ice from the storm sewer in front of your house
  • Adhering to the city’s odd / even parking regulations as they will be strictly enforced by the Ithaca Police Department to assist DPW efforts to clear streets and drainage structures.


If you have water in your home and do not have an operating sump-pump, the Ithaca Fire Department may be available to assist and check your utilities such as gas and electric.  You can contact them through the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response at (607) 273-7288. 

Ithaca Police, Fire and the Department of Public Works are working together in an attempt to mitigate the flooding. 

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