“The tracks from the loader created a channel that alleviated some of the water going to the right side of the street,” he said. “But it’s just going to freeze back up.”
He said the river is between 9 and 10 feet over its banks, and the water was about 3½ feet deep in the street.
STUCK IN ICE
A driver who was trying to get out of the poor conditions ended up with even more headaches when the vehicle got stuck at the bottom of the hill at Mattimore Road and became imbedded in ice, Provost said.
Town Supervisor Howard Maneely said the town hoped the work to break up the ice would force the water back to its original course.
“It looks like it’s receding,” he said.
Five homes were evacuated Wednesday and Thursday, and power was shut off to avoid more problems.
The last home in that section that still had electricity was to be shut off Friday.
Officials decided to use the loader to ferry a National Grid worker in to cut the power, and Provost was planning to deliver cases of bottled water to nearby homeowners whose drilled wells have been contaminated with river water.
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) planned to tour the flooded area on Friday afternoon.
It was 1 degree below zero about 9:30 a.m. Friday as a stiff breeze from the west irritated those assessing the damage and making decisions.
But Provost said there is little anyone can do because of the volume of ice and the extended sub-zero temperatures, which are expected to continue until Tuesday.
“It’s 4,000 feet long, so there’s no way to mitigate it,” he said of the ice jam. “We’ve been dealing with this for 10 years, and something’s got to be done.