Ice jam moves through East Haddam


EAST HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — The sites near the Goodspeed Opera House are picturesque, but a huge ice jam moving its way past the historic theater has some people in awe.

Huge chunks of ice all jammed together are noisily pushing their way toward the Goodspeed Bridge along the Connecticut River.

“It’s pretty amazing to see what mother nature can do,” said Paul Roth of Bethany.

People came from near and far to get a close up look and a look from above at the ice jam overtaking parts of the river and in some cases breaching its banks like at Andrews Marina where huge chunks came ashore.

“I’m in awe. It’s amazing,” said Albert Sapia of Marlboro. “It’s also frightening too to know what’s gonna happen.”

Ice chunks at Harpers Landing in Haddam (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

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Help was on the way but never made it this far upriver. The bridge operator called out to us with the update.

“They’re stuck downriver,” he yelled to us.

We found the Coast Guard ice cutter breaking through the ice near Essex and Lyme, but it wasn’t able to push its way past Hamburg Cove.

“It’s something I’ve never seen before. It is totally amazing and I’m concerned about the people who live on that river,” said Doris Berner of Moodus.

The Coast Guard ice cutter may not have been able to get to Andrews Marina to break up some of the huge ice chunks, but workers there used an excavator to do it themselves. They broke up the ice around the docks so they don’t break apart when the ice moves again.

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There was some relief on the Pawcatuck River where this weekend’s ice jam gave way to open water today.

But no river may be completely out of the woods yet.

“Of course all of that snow up north hasn’t come down here yet to add to this,” said Sapia.

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