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Mile-long ice jam floods town, prompts state of emergency

January 15, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town has declared a state of emergency due to flooding caused by a mile-long ice jam.

Officials in Kent declared the local state of emergency Monday, as waters from the Housatonic (hoos-uh-TAH’-nihk) River rose and then froze, covering many of the town’s roads.

The private boarding school the Kent School sent more than 500 students home on Monday after the waters rose onto campus and froze in place. The school’s ice rink was surrounded by frozen water.

Officials say the ice jam is a mile long and estimated to be as thick as 12 feet in spots.

Elsewhere, flooding is causing trouble in other communities, including along the Connecticut River and Shepaug River.

Officials are warning people not to drive on flooded roadways.

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