How to Prepare for Potential Flooding

Published 01/10 2014 11:12AM

Updated 01/10 2014 11:22AM

COLCHESTER, Vt. - With temperatures warming into the 40s and 50s this weekend, along with a slug of moderate to heavy rain, localized flooding will be possible.

Most places will pick up a half-inch to one-inch of rainfall, with locally higher amounts in Southern Vermont. With snow and ice still blocking many storm drains, stay alert for some street flooding Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning as the heaviest rains come through.

Ice jam flooding will also be possible. Ice jams form when heavy rain and warmer temperatures loosen ice on a river. The ice then flows downstream, occasionally getting caught under bridges or near bends in the river. Upstream of those jams, major flooding can occur in a matter of minutes. It's extremely hard to predict when and where ice jams will form, but the best chance of seeing any flooding would be late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night on smaller rivers and streams. Bigger rivers are likely to see ice jam issues late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

If you live near a river, pay close attention to the water level and be prepared to move to higher ground if told to do so by emergency management officials.

Also stay tuned to FOX 44 & ABC 22 throughout the weekend for the latest weather information.

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