Ice breaking keeps a lifeline open

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With another freeze settling into New York's Hudson River Valley, three Coast Guard cutters are expected to be working hard through the rest of the week trying to keep a navigation channel open from New York Harbor up to Albany.

It is a lifeline to upstate New York, allowing as many as five or six barges a day to head north to oil terminals in the Albany area.

"For us, anything over a foot to 16 inches is pretty complicated for us to go through," said senior chief bosuns mate Michael Koch, skipper of the 65-foot cutter Wire.

Click here for a TV report from NBC New York from aboard the Wire.