GARDINER — The annual Wallkill River ice jam has begun, closing several Gardiner roads and threatening upstream and downstream communities.
Farmer’s Turnpike and Bevier Road in Gardiner were closed due to the ice, according to Ulster County Emergency Communications Director Art Snyder.
The ice jam happens when the river’s ice breaks up, courses north and becomes lodged at shallow or narrow points along the riverbed. The Route 44-55 bridge is itself one of the river’s sticking points.
Snyder said if the blockage continues, it could threaten riverside communities in Orange County as well as ones in Ulster County.
In New Paltz, Springtown Road, the community’s bellwether flood indicator, was closed this morning.