Ice Jam Guidance for Emergency Management Directors
Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) is monitoring the possibility of ice jams and localized flooding into the weekend. Local Emergency Management Directors are encouraged to remain aware of any weather or flooding alerts issued by the National Weather Service this Friday into Saturday (March 15 & 16).
-Local Emergency Management Directors (EMDs) are encouraged to monitor National Weather Service forecasts throughout the weekend for flood watches and warnings. A current Flood Watch is in effect for most of Vermont from Friday morning through Saturday evening.
-Local EMDs are encouraged to disseminate preparedness messaging to their jurisdictions encouraging persons living near areas that have been known to flood to maintain a vigilance to local conditions.
-Primary anticipated impacts are possible ice jams that may cause localized flooding.
-The primary flooding threat is forecast to occur Friday into Saturday. Temperatures on Saturday are expected to go below freezing which will lower the likelihood of river ice movement.
-Unfilled sandbags can be made available to municipalities through Vermont Emergency Management.
-Should your community need state assistance, including unfilled sandbags, you can contact the Vermont Emergency Management Watch Officer through established channels.