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January 15, 2013

Officials watchful for ice jams, flooding

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He said his dispatchers would continue to watch the flood-prone areas of the county like Fort Covington, which has a series of cameras installed to monitor the river.

Provost said ‘the cameras had problems,” but County Data Processing Director Rob Green was working to correct the issues.

‘JAMS UNPREDICTABLE’

Points in the Town of Keene seemed at risk for some flooding earlier Monday, according to Essex County dispatch, but all was well as noon approached.

There, past inundations have come from John’s Brook in Keene Valley and Gulf Brook in the Keene hamlet; both flow into the East Branch of the Ausable River.

“There is the potential for ice breakup and movement with possible ice jams,” the National Weather Service at Burlington reported on its website Monday.

But warmer conditions that bring danger to anglers and others on the ice tend to work against the formation of serious jams, the Weather Service said.

“However, ice jams are very unpredictable, and past experience has shown when we have river ice present in the order of what is forecast, ice jams occur.”

The temperatures Monday morning hovered around 45 degrees in the North Country.

But the forecast for nighttime was a low of 17, a welcome dip for areas prone to flooding. A partly sunny day Tuesday was expected to be about 33 degrees with lows around 14 at night.

— Staff Writer Denise Raymo

contributed to this report.

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