Warmer temperatures, rain cause flooding concerns along Connecticut River

Large chunks of ice moving down the Connecticut River through East Haddam (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

ESSEX, Conn.(WTNH)– First the deep freeze, now folks are worried about a rapid defrost. With Tuesday’s warmer temperatures and rain, flooding is a concern for many along the Connecticut River.

Relentless rain falls on the frozen Connecticut River and giant chunks of ice slowly shift and melt.

“I’ve been around the river my whole life and I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this,” said George Lombardo.

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George Lombardo owns the lunch spot Hally Jo’s in Deep River. He’s seen boats stuck in ice and pilings snapped.

“So there’s going to be a lot of repairs to be made this spring,” said Lombardo.

Just being out there a few minutes you can already hear the ice starting to shift and melt and when you look at how massive this it, that’s a lot of ice that needs to melt. That’s why Coast Guard crews have been busy trying to cut paths where they can.

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Ice Jams clogged up those river bends. So when you factor in the rain, and the warmer temperatures, flooding is on the forefront of many minds.

Haddam already declared a state of emergency.

“I could definitely see that it could be an issue,” said Tim Logan, Groton.

On the flip side…

“It’s pretty neat to look at,” said Logan.

Folks are flocking to the area to see it for themselves.

Related Content: Coast Guard continues to clear up ice jams

“Everybody’s been here. It’s been a positive for business. I guess people are enjoying the ice,” said Lombardo.

Even though lots of folks are coming out wanting to see the ice for themselves, it is very important not to walk out on the river. It looks like it is sturdy, but it is not. It will take only seconds for that ice to shift and for things to become dangerous.

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