Two families evacuated, child injured from ice chunks

HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH)–The first selectwoman of Haddam explains why she declared a state of emergency.

“As temperatures start to rise, I am very concerned,” said Lizz Milardo.

Her fears are the result of a days-long ice jam on the Connecticut River that already produced property damage and caused two families to be evacuated from their homes.

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Locals are calling it “Ice-mageddon.”

“It’s kind of scary,” Celeste Shakun said.

We’ve been telling you all week about property damage from the ice. And late Thursday, News 8 learned of a 13-year-old girl injured in a fall while playing on the ice. Afterward authorities roped off Andrews Marina.

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“Please stay off the ice. I’m very concerned about that,” said Milardo.

First Selectwoman Milardo made the emergency declaration over flooding worries once the ice starts to melt.

“Well I think that’s a wise move,” shakun explained. “She’s a smart woman to see it that way.”

But town leaders want everyone to be ready to get out if more evacuations are needed.

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