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Beware Ice Jams

(Image credit: NYSDOT)

An ice jam is when a river freezes, then warms up just enough to break up the ice into chunks. The chunks flow downriver until they crash into solid ice, or a bridge, or come to a narrowing of the river. There, the ice builds up and causes flooding. Melting snow and ice from surrounding areas also feed into the flooding. Recent winter weather has caused ice jams all over the eastern US. The home above was flooded by Pine Kill Stream in Sullivan County, New York. The residents were evacuated safely.   

See more pictures and videos of ice jams at Earther.


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Timely. I'm supposed to be up in Randolph, ME smelting along the Kennebec River right now. Got a call this morning that an ice jam was heading downstream directly towards the smelt shacks and there was a mad scramble going on to get them off the river. Maybe next week. .
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