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U.S. Coast Guard Plans Return to Connecticut River Ice Jam

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    U.S. Coast Guard Plans Return to Connecticut River Ice

    A flood warning remains in effect along the Connecticut River in Middlesex and New London counties.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018)

    A flood warning remains in effect along the Connecticut River in Middlesex and New London counties.

    Just north of the East Haddam Swing Bridge, the ice jam became a popular destination for families with children who didn’t have school because of the snow on Wednesday.

    Visitors told NBC Connecticut they just had to see this unique winter wonder up close in person instead of just on television.

    Bob and Denise Heinig from Wallingford brought their two young grandsons to the banks of the frozen river.

    "I wanted them to see something that I saw many years ago when I was a young boy along a river that I grew up next to," Heinig said.

    While it is wonderful to look at, Heinig said he worries about potential flooding if the ice breaks up too fast.

    "Absolutely, I mean this is historic, it’s unbelievable," he said. "If this starts letting go too quickly than you have problems. Maybe we’ll hope for a nice slow thaw and she’ll break up with the cutters and let it flow slowly, something all at once you got some big issues."

    NBC Connecticut rode along with the U.S. Coast Guard’s icebreaking tug boat Bollard on Tuesday. That boat will make another attempt at breaking up the incredibly thick ice on Thursday morning and the Coast Guard is considering bringing in a second boat to assist.

    "It’s not something they would see every day and it’s an experience that they’ll hopefully remember," Tara Lund from East Hampton said, who visited the ice jam with her two children.

    The Lund family was disappointed there wasn’t more snow in their town, so they opted for the photo opportunity by what has quickly become a popular destination.

    "It’s really cool and its pretty and I hope I get to see it again," Tara’s daughter, Sierra, said.

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