BRATTLEBORO -- With the forecast calling for warm temperatures and rain this weekend, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the potential of localized ice jam flooding.

NWS says rain combined with warmer temperatures will lead to rises on rivers and streams, causing ice movement and potential ice breakup. It is possible that as the ice breaks up, an ice jams forms and causes fast developing flooding upstream of the jam. If an ice jam breaks, a sudden release of water can cause flooding in areas downstream.

Local officials are monitoring ice jams on both the West River and the Whetstone Brook and will continue to do so all weekend. At the present time the water levels are good and water flow is not impeded near these jams. The concern will come if the ice shifts or breaks up and re-jams, causing water to backup and triggering flooding. Those who live near a waterway are encouraged to closely watch the situation and are encouraged to be prepared to take appropriate action based on circumstances.

For more information or if you see river ice that is causing problems, call the Brattleboro Fire Department at 802-254-4831.

Contact: Michael Bucossi

Fire Chief

Town of Brattleboro