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Flood threat subsides after ice jam breaks up

Mid-evening Saturday, the river-water level near the Rte. 28N bridge surpassed 12.14 feet, achieving the highest recorded level at that point since 1907, North Creek Fire Chief Steve Studnicky said. Working on shifts 24 hours per day, the North Creek firefighters - along with state and county highway and emergency officials - monitored the river and the ice blockage, which could have caused devastation if it had moved downstream without breaking up first, he said.

The North Creek firefighters, along with their peers from area fire companies, stayed at various points along the river at all hours through the weekend monitoring the river. Studnicky got about an hour of sleep Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night, he slept in his chair at the fire station between duty shifts.

Sunday afternoon, he said he was glad the mounds of ice had traveled downstream.

"Now I can get some sleep," he said.

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