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New York officials on the lookout for ice jams

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - State agencies are standing at the ready as warmer temperatures and rain could increase the risk of ice jams.

Ice jams occur when pieces of floating ice obstruct a river or stream's flow. Water held back by ice can cause flooding upstream while melting ice can cause flooding downstream as well.

The Department of Transportation has already begun deploying 14 long arm excavators throughout the state to help break up any potential jams this weekend.

The Thruway Authority is actively inspecting drainage systems. New York State Police troopers are ready to deploy where needed.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has generators, pumps, sandbags and other equipment to help those who experience flooding.

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