Cascadilla Creek, not far from my home in Ithaca, carries water from one of the main gorges that cuts through campus high above to Cayuga Lake.

But to get there, it travels through my neighborhood.

Normally flooding is not a problem. Except when the creek freezes over and creates ice jams under the bridges, which leaves the water no place to go except sideways.

There has not been flooding in our neighborhood since 1993. It happened in a small way (but not at my house) the past couple of days, as the ice was packed bridge-high. (See featured image.)

Fortunately, they were able to dig out a channel for the water to flow, and here’s what it looks like today.

Ithaca ice bridge dug out 1-12-2014

So for now, crisis averted.