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Ice jam in Hudson River moves downstream, residents need to stay alert

Mid-evening Saturday, the river-water level near the Rte. 28N bridge surpassed 12.14 feet, achieving the highest recorded level since 1907, North Creek Fire Chief Steve Studnicky said. Working on shifts 24 hours per day, the North Creek firefighters monitored the river and the ice blockage, which could have caused devastation if it moves downstream without breaking up first, he said.

Firefighters stayed at various points along the river at all hours monitoring the river. Studnicky got about an hour of sleep Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night, Studnicky slept in his chair at the fire station between duty shifts.

Sunday afternoon, he said he was glad the mounds of ice had traveled downstream.

"Now I can get some sleep," he said.

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