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Local state of emergency ended in Kent after ice jam, flooding

The local state of Emergency has been lifted in Kent.  The ice jam on the Housatonic has moved out of town.  The Incident Public Information Officer, state Representative Brian Ohler, says the temperatures over the past week and a half, combined with some moderate precipitation, have allowed the river water to soften and loosen the ice jam. 


The State of Emergency was in place for a total of 33 days. 


Ohler says the size of the ice jam and the length of time that it decided to take up residency in Kent was out of the norm, but the way it melted was the scenario Incident Managers and Meteorologists were hoping for. 


He notes that there were no injuries or fatalities to report.  A few families are receiving assistance for damages to their homes due to the ice jam and the subsequent flooding.

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Rich Valdes

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