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Weekend forecast causing more flood concerns in Kent

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An ice jam in Kent, as it stood on Thursday. (WFSB) An ice jam in Kent, as it stood on Thursday. (WFSB)
An ice jam in Kent continues to spark flooding concerns in town. (WFSB) An ice jam in Kent continues to spark flooding concerns in town. (WFSB)
Drone 3 scoped out the ice jam earlier this week. (WFSB) Drone 3 scoped out the ice jam earlier this week. (WFSB)
KENT, CT (WFSB) -

A massive ice jam in the Housatonic River continues to pose a flooding threat in the Town of Kent.

The jam sparked a state of emergency declaration earlier this week and officials worry that a weekend warm up could bring water levels up even higher.

A flood warning remains in effect for Litchfield County.

Most children, including those at the Kent Center School, headed back to school on Thursday after having the week off; however, students at the Kent School continue to be kept home until further notice.

"It's been a long extended vacation with last week too, we only had one day of school," said Jeff Kennedy, a parent. "The kids have been enjoying it though. They enjoyed the snow on Wednesday but I think they are ready to come back."

That doesn't mean the weather worries have stopped.

"I mean we do get flooding, but I’ve never seen it like this before," Kennedy said. "I’ve lived here for about 40 years and never seen it to this degree at all."

Officials did say that the water receded 30 inches in some spots, but nearly 5,000 sandbags are in place just in case it rises again.

There are 22 homes that are on alert right now.

They held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night to talk about the weekend forecast, when temperatures could reach the upper 40s to near 50 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

Drone 3 scoped out the ice jam earlier this week.

Officials said it's 12 feet thick in some places.

“It’s tough, ice chopping people's houses down, flooding people’s houses out," said Todd Belfiore of Kent. "It’s a pain.”

“I’ve seen it get high before but not like this," said Garrett Thompson of Kent.

It forced some people to evacuate their homes and closed part of Route 7 earlier this week. The road had been under 2 feet of ice. The road reopened on Thursday.

"All I can think about is this stuff happening millions of years ago in the carving out the landscape and it's just happening again," said Avery Eckel of Kent.

Officials said they have to get the ice out and their researching how to do it, including bringing in special machines or potentially dynamite.

“When it lets go, it’s going to be a problem especially [for] New Milford because that’s where it’s all going," Belfiore said.

There is also a warning to people looking to help out the residents of Kent. Officials said no official relief fund has been set up.

Photos of other ice jams along Connecticut rivers can be seen here.

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