Conditions improving in Kent along the Housatonic River

The Housatonic River in Kent on January 23. (Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

KENT, Conn. (WTNH)– The town of Kent is monitoring the water levels along the Housatonic River.

State Representative Brian Ohler said, “There was an air gap between the ice and the water and over that time where it’s now thawing the ice jam is caving in on itself which is actually a good thing because it’s creating smaller pieces.”

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The massive pieces of ice are finally breaking up. Craig Griswold of Kent said, “I came by a couple of days ago and it had definitely thawed out. A lot [of] all this was frozen solid.”

The Kent School had some major flooding. Rep. Ohler said, “The basement was flooded in the science building. Their hockey rink was surrounded by water.”

The flood prone areas are a concern. Rep. Ohler added, “If a certain area of the ice jam does break we know immediately which neighborhood or street would be immediately affected.”

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The town is relying on mother nature to do the work. Rep. Ohler said, “Given the geography of this river, there’s no way to get a build up here. We really were contemplating mechanical intervention if we needed to bring a crane or other methods of removing this ice.”

Town officials are hoping that the river will rise from the rain. Rep. Ohler added, “We are optimistic that with the water level rising it will actually make contact with the ice once again and break that ice up move it down stream.”

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