Coast Guard Expected to Break Ice on Kennebec River Next Week

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HALLOWELL, Maine (WABI) - The Coast Guard is expected to break out the ice on the Kennebec River next week, according to Maine Emergency Management officials.

An ice jam in the Famingdale- Hallowell area has caused flooding along the Kennebec River in Augusta.

Water levels have dropped below the flood stage and this weekend's warm temperatures are expected to gradually weaken the ice to help get it moving.

MEMA officials are expecting the Coast Guard's ice-cutting boat to be available for use Wednesday.

"Typically we don't see this stuff until later in the spring. The River Flow Advisory Commission generally meets in March, and we start monitoring these conditions pretty closely as we see melting and a lot of rain. That's happened a bit earlier this year," said MEMA's Public Information OffICER Susan Faloon.

Conditions on the river will be monitored closely this weekend by MEMA and the National Weather Service in Gray.