Ice jams cause flooding concerns, road closure


Ice jams and flooding were reported all across the state Saturday as the warm weather and melting snow caused swollen rivers to overflow.

Ice jam flooding along the Housatonic River forced evacuations in Kent Saturday.

Friedland says there may be an ice jam, but high water levels are also playing a role. 17A in Portland. The road is closed by the fairgrounds, where it always floods in the spring. Water that flooded the area around the school's hockey rink has now turned to ice.

Officials in St Clair County are keeping an eye on a few dozen homes that are in danger of flooding.

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Reports began around noon in Kent of residents trapped or stranded from flooding around their homes. It remained above flood stage in Middle Granville as of 6 a.m. Saturday, the USGS website showed. "We're very concerned that a rapid warm-up won't help the ice, but it'll melt the snow that's on the ground and that will put more water in the river and create more problems for us soon", said Jadwin.

A neat little video from the National Weather Service office in Burlington shows how the freezing weather quickly turned the Ausable River in upstate NY into a mess of ice. Guinard said police set up traffic cones there shortly before 11 p.m. and notified N.H. Department of Transportation officials.

Goodwin referred to past floods, in which the river went up 5 feet over six minutes and inundated Front Street in Augusta, flooding buildings and cars.

Temperatures fell below freezing that night with temperatures as low as -13F (-25C) recorded last night.