That’s why the decision was made to cut power to the homes rather than risk injuries or more electrical problems, Bashaw said.
He said an ice jam near Lamica’s house is the source of the trouble, but there are no plans to blast it out or work to break up the problem area.
“There’s really nothing we can do,” Bashaw said. “Mother Nature has to run its course, and we don’t know what else to do.”
According to the National Weather Service forecast, a flood watch will remain in effect for the North Country until tonight.
Similar cold weather to what the region has been experiencing is expected to continue during the daytime over the weekend, which won’t help ease the river’s ice blockage.
And bitter cold returns each night.
Temperatures will reach only 5 above zero today, and there is also a 40-percent chance of snow with lows around 11 below by nightfall.
Expect Saturday to be cloudy with a high of 10 and winds around 10 mph, with temperatures about 10 degrees below zero by Saturday night.
Sunday will see a high of 10 and a low of zero, with Monday becoming partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s.
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