Winter thaw jams up lake

Sacandaga River flow causing Lake ice jams

An ice jam and open water formed near the Northville Bridge crossing the the Great Sacandaga Lake on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

NORTHVILLE — This week’s early January thaw created hazardous conditions for visitors and residents in the Northville area where the Sacandaga River flows into the Sacandaga Lake.

Members from the Fulton County Civil Defense & Fire Coordinators Office were out early this morning checking the streams and rivers in our area. Fulton County appears to be handling the thaw without incident according to a press release.

The water has broken up the ice, depositing large ice chunks and tree debris from North of the Northville Bridge almost to Sport Island Pub the press release stated. The Sacandaga River has begun to recede, but continues dumping large amounts of water into the Sacandaga Lake causing the greatest concern.

“Any place where streams, creeks and other tributaries enter the Sacandaga Lake are succeptible to the same type of ice erosion,” said Steven Santa Maria, director of the Fulton County Civil Defense office.

A continued back-up of ice jams could result in flooding in the area. Ice fishers, snowmobilers and others engaging in activities on Sacandaga Lake and surrounding water bodies are encouraged to heed Sheriff Richard Giardino’s warning regarding safety on the lake.