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Ice jam persists, Route 7 reopens in Kent

The ice jam along the Housatonic River in Kent remains largely intact and firmly in place.  But Route 7 was able to reopen yesterday afternoon.  Schaghticoke, Johnson and River Roads remain closed due to water on the roadway.


Worse case scenario in Kent with the persistent ice jam on the Housatonic River is that it doesn't thaw until the end of March or early April.  That from State Representative Brian Ohler who says cautioned that there are some ice blocks in very close proximity to the roadway along Route 7.  An Eversource field crew has inspected in-place power poles and overhead lines and reported that there is no visible damage within passable areas of Route 7.


Emergency Management officials say Kent needs a minimum of three days with an average high of 42 degrees and a little precipitation to break the ice jam.  Right now, there's still an air gap between the river and the ice jam.  The water needs to rise to a level that the ice can break up in smaller pieces.  The conditions could be right over the next few days.


Officials at the Kent School say they will take things day by day, but they've been able to do some education online while students are evacuated.

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