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ICE JAM FLOOD OF MARCH 11, 1992 March 11, 1992

Posted by thenaturalist in Floods/High Water, Ice Jams.
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On March 11, 1992, an ice jam in the Winooski River caused catastrophic flooding in Montpelier. Heavy late-winter rains combined with an ice jam just below where the North Branch and the Winooski River converge. The fast-rising flood caught everyone by surprise. Using a crane, city workers broke up the ice jam late that day, allowing the river to flow normally and prompting the floodwaters to recede. The final damage estimate was about $5 million the city said.