ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — With temperatures rising, parts of Vermont are on the lookout for potential flooding due to rapid melting from ice jams.

Essex Police Sgt. Robert Hall says his department has officers checking for potential flooding during the night, while saying the public is keeping his department informed during the daytime. WPTZ-TV reports there was minor flooding in the Essex and South Burlington areas this week.

Vermont Emergency Management official Erica Bornemann says officials want residents near waterways to take extra precautions until the risk of flooding passes.

Area waterways are expected to rise through early morning hours on Thursday. Bornemann says it is crucial that the ice melts at a steady pace, so remaining ice can be broken up and flushed downstream.

___

Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com