Four VT Communities Selected for Ice Jam Management Projects

19 August 2019

Coventry, Johnson, Lyndonville, and Swanton are four Vermont communities that are particularly vulnerable to flooding caused by river ice jams.  These four communities are included in a pilot project application which was submitted to the Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) by the Vermont Silver Jackets Team, comprised of multiple State and Federal agencies involved in flood mitigation.  Vermont’s application has been selected for the federal fiscal year which begins October 1, 2019.

This means that the USACE’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) will make staff time available to assist the four communities in planning for and developing mitigation strategies to mitigate ice jam flooding.

CRREL staff will study the ice jam challenges in the four individual communities, identify potential mitigation options, and conduct community education and outreach related to ice jam preparedness, response, and recovery.  CRREL staff will work with existing mapping, stream gauge and other available data to develop local ice jam management plans.  For information about this initiative, contact VEM Recovery and Mitigation Section Chief Ben Rose at

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