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Ice jams causing problems to waterfront communities

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Updated: 1/10 8:31 am

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – An ice jam formed in Ballston Spa and caused flooding for one resident.

When Nathan Zerbe returned home Monday night, the first thing that caught his eye was a huge ice jam in his backyard.

“I’d never seen an ice dam before,” he said. “It looked like a big glacier.”

Zerbe was not aware of the trouble it may cause.

 “My landlord called and warned me that the ice dam may be leaking water into the basement,” he said.

The pressure from the dam pushed up groundwater that flowed right into his basement.

“I stayed up until about 11 o’clock, and I checked the basement and there was about two inches of water in my basement,” he explained.

The fire department pumped the water out, and they gave Zerbe an extra pump to keep up with the water flow.

“Took a two hour nap, got up at 2 a.m. to check on the basement, and I had four inches of water in my basement,” he continued.

The fire department returned to his house, pumped out the water again, and lent Zerbe two more pumps.

“I thought it was cool at first,” Zerbe said. “But then I saw my basement, and it became real.”

His basement hasn’t flooded again with the extra pumps, but Zerbe is worried about what’s ahead once the ice starts to melt.

“I hope the dam breaks and the ice just flows past the dam,” he said.

Otherwise, he said it will get backed up into his basement again.

National Grid has also kept watch over the ice jam in Ballston Spa because of a gas line and water line nearby.

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