Ice Jams Cause River Woes - NECN

Ice Jams Cause River Woes



    (NECN) - Flood warnings were in effect for a pair of New England rivers because of ice jams clogging rivers and forcing water over their banks.

    Flood warnings were in effect for the Sugar River in West Claremont, New Hampshire, and for the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, where the river level had risen more than 5 feet over flood stage, sending water into streets and basements along the river.

    Along other rivers, residents watched massive chunks of ice floating downstream. In Fryeburg, Maine, bridges over the Saco River were closed as ice clogged the river underneath the bridge spans.

    The ice jams were triggered by this week's combination of warm temperatures and heavy rains, which followed weeks of consistently below freezing temperatures in much of Northern and Central New England.