More flooding along St. Clair River threatens homes, roads


With the water level in the St. Clair River quickly reaching almost 580 feet by 8 a.m. Friday, flooding is expected in areas along the river through Monday morning.

One of the consequences of this brutal cold was the development of ice on rivers in the Northeast and Midwest.

The large amount of snow unceremoniously dumped upon the Long Island region with the passing of a major blizzard last week - with some areas receiving accumulations of at least a foot of snow or more - will likely all but disappear over the course of the upcoming weekend due to unseasonably high temperatures and excessive rainfall. Up to 10 inches of snow could fall in northern and western areas once the rain changes to snow.

Another thing to keep in mind is that temperatures in New England will drop on Saturday afternoon after the cold front moves through. Temperatures on Saturday morning will start off in the 50s, but come early afternoon, they'll dip down below freezing across western and northern MA. This is due to the increase in runoff due to the melting snow and frozen ground, which could result in some rise in rivers. "It's going to depend on a lot of things, how much rain we get, how warm it gets whether the ice moves", LaFlure added.

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Ice jams typically occur when temperatures above freezing cause ice to begin to thaw into big chunks. The combination of these two factors will lead to river rises and potential for ice jams.

Anderson said her daughter, who lives a little further north of East Brady, had water in her basement until the ice jam gave way.

Taylor said if high water begins to come onto property or if you see an ice jam, call 911 to report that.

But first, a drenching, spring-style rainstorm is headed into the Berkshires, prompting a flood watch from the National Weather Service for Friday, extending into Saturday afternoon.