Chautauqua County is under a flood watch through the weekend due to possible ice jamming.
According to the Buffalo National Weather Service, the area will be under a flood watch from 7 a.m. today until 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds said as conditions warrant it is possible to see flooding from lakes and rivers in the area.
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The village of Silver Creek, as well as all of Chautauqua County, is under a flood watch through the weekend due to possible ice jamming.
"It is mainly due to warmer conditions melting the snow and breaking the ice loose," he said. "This can cause jamming which can cause flooding."
The weather will hop scotch between the upper 30s and upper 40s right through next week, before going back to the upper 20s Wednesday.
The Chautauqua County Emergency Services wants residents in flooding areas to be extra careful and prepared.
Emergency Services Director Julius Leone said people who live in flood areas need to be mindful that everything can change rapidly. Children and pets should be kept away from the rivers and lakes.
"People need to be prepared to evacuate if need be," he said. "Make a kit of some personal belongings to take with you."
People also need to be aware of flooded roads and understand how bad it can be to drive on them. "Safety is number one," he said. "People need to follow the rules for an emergency and listen to NY Alert for updates."
The Chautauqua County Emergency Service is helping out residents in the village of Silver Creek by dredging the mouth of Walnut Creek and directing the ice into a safe path back out into the lake.
"We are trying to keep the ice from building and creating jams," he said. "Once the ice moves out of the creek it can flow freely."
Silver Creek Fire Chief and Disaster Coordinator Jeff Griewisch said the disaster team is monitoring the creeks.
"We hope Mother Nature is on our side and helps us out again," he said.
Griewisch said he really appreciates the help from Leone and his team.
"Julius is a godsend," he said. "He is always there when we need him and is good to have in your back pocket."
The Village of Silver Creek is familiar to the danger of flooding.
"When we send out the message (to evacuate) we try to give people enough time to be prepared, make sure they grab what they need to get them through up to 24 hours away from home," Griewisch said. "The Silver Creek School is usually our number one spot to evacuate to."
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