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Ice Jam Causes Flooding in Russia

May 10, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ A Siberian town and the surrounding countryside was flooded after blocks of tumbled ice jammed a river, a news agency reported today.

The jam on the Yenisei River was caused by melting ice piling up along a two-mile stretch as the spring thaw set in, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. The jam caused the river to overflow its banks, flooding the nearby town of Vorogovo on Sunday, it said.

No injuries were reported in the town of 1,400, the report said.

Demolition experts were brought in by helicopters to dynamite the ice jam so the river could start flowing normally again, the agency said.

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