“But when we got there, it turned out to be a paper cat in the window,” he said, laughing.
Malone Town Highway Department workers were using front-end loaders Monday morning to scoop tons of snow and ice off the surface of the roadway on the northernmost end near Brand Road.
Bashaw said there isn’t a lot of water under the surface, but it made sense to move the material now so it won’t cause a blockage when the thaw comes Wednesday.
He said the ice is 3 to 4 feet thick on the surface of the river, and about 500 feet of the jam is a solid mass with little water running under it, which still might not be impacted, even with the approaching warm weather.
“There’ll be a 75-degree change in temperature in the past week,” Bashaw said, when Wednesday rolls around, “and the folks around the jam need to report to us any changes they see in the river.
“Between us and the town, we’re checking it about a dozen times a day. But they (residents) need to be vigorous in keeping us informed when the water’s rising.
“If it’s later at night, and they haven’t seen us down there in a while, they need to call us and say, ‘Hey! The water’s coming up,’ so we can get the people what they need.”
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