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Flood threat subsides after ice jam breaks up

THURMAN - Massive chunks of ice that blocked the flow of the Hudson River and flooded riverbanks and roadways near North Creek late last week roared downstream Sunday (March 13) afternoon, forming an ice jam about a mile north of the Rte. 418 bridge at Thurman Station, officials said.

But by Tuesday, March 15, the ice jam that at one point appeared to present a serious flooding threat partially dissipated, allowing water flows to resume to normal, county officials said.

"The risk of flash flood is now gone," Warren County Public Works Superintendent Jeff Tennyson said mid-day Tuesday. "Water could still back up, but anything at this point would occur gradually."

On Monday, March 14, the ice jam backed up water from the weekend's steady rain, flooding lower portions of the Warren County Fish Hatchery property along the river in Warrensburg.

For hours, floodwaters engulfed a holding pond for trophy trout, but most of the fish were retained in the pond due to netting in place, Tennyson said.

Sunday and Monday, the historic home on the property which houses the county Parks & Recreation Department employees appeared to be in the path of the rising flood waters, and they relocated their work stations to the Public Works headquarters - and the road to the hatchery was closed off.

County Parks and Recreation facilities manager reported this was the second time in 20 years the hatchery grounds have flooded to some extent.

Friday, much of the equipment stored in outbuildings was also moved to county DPW headquarters as a precaution.

However by Tuesday, the lack of rain quelled the flooding threat, and the hatchery and parks and recreation employees went back to work at their headquarters by the river.

Friday and Saturday, the ice jam upstream in the Hudson River flooded Old River Rd. off state Rte. 28N, and occupants of about a dozen homes were advised to evacuate.

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