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Ice jam on Housatonic River in Kent doubles in size

Kent declared a local state of emergency more than a week ago when waters from the Housatonic River rose and then froze in place, flooding many roads.  Officials are hoping the ice dams thaw this week with high temperatures expected to be above freezing.


A flyover by the Civil Air Patrol on Saturday showed the stretch ice had doubled in size, making it two miles long.


State Police are ticketing drivers who stop or park on Route 7 along the Housatonic River in Kent to view the ice jam.  Officials say the ice is becoming increasingly unstable as it begins to thaw and melt.  Officials say there have only been a few instances where people were told to leave flood prone areas. 


Students are expected to return this week to a private boarding school evacuated because of flooding.  Dorms at the Kent School are expected to open on Wednesday with classes resuming Thursday. The school originally was hoping to reopen sooner but pushed the date back amid efforts to clean and prepare the campus and a forecast calling for more rain early next week.

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