USCG Vessel Damaged During Work to Clear Ice Jams Along Connecticut River

The US Coast Guard was unable to continue work to break ice jams on the Connecticut River in Haddam Saturday due to an issue with their boat.

The USCG has been in Connecticut working to break up ice jams. On Wednesday, the Town of Haddam declared a state of emergency because of the danger of flooding.

Coast Guard officials said one of their vessels, the Bollard, was damaged Friday and is currently out of commission while repairs are made. Officials did not specify what happened. It is currently docked in Essex.

Another vessel, the Hawser, did continue work further down the river north of the I-95 bridge in Old Lyme Saturday.

The state Department of Transportation confirmed that the East Haddam Swing Bridge, which was expected to be closed for several hours as the Coast Guard worked, was open to drivers due to the change of plans.

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