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Ice-stricken NEK residents hunker down

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There are signs of the ice storm everywhere in Northern Vermont -- frozen power lines and downed tree limbs.

And as crews work to restore electricity, hard hit towns like Glover are still feeling the storm's affects. "Our tree disintegrated limb by limb all day and you could hear the branches falling all over the place," said local resident Marvis Matarozzo.

Matarozzo lost power Sunday morning.  She ate lunch Monday at the Busy Bee Diner on Main Street, which was working off a generator.  More than 24-hours after the storm the entire town was in the dark. "It's like camping, but camping in your living room," she said.

Across the street, crews worked to fix a broken pole.  They say they are making progress and some power should be back soon.  But for others, it will be longer.  "Just hunker down. We went and bought a space heater and we got some candles.  I don't mind being in the dark so much, it was just the heat.  There was no heat," Matarozzo said.

"Area towns -- Westmore, Orleans, Glover -- they are all welcome to come," said Josh Degreenia with the Barton Fire Department.  Just down the road the department is helping out with an emergency shelter in Barton's Memorial Hall.  Fourteen people slept there Sunday night.  "We fed them, kept them warm and gave them good hospitality," Degreenia said.

Further south in Lyndonville, another concern is an ice jam on the Passumpsic River that has the potential to flood homes and damage historic property. Water began spilling the banks of the river Saturday.  Portions of the road have been blocked off and residents in a nearby moble home park have been warned about the ice jam's potential danger.  "Everybody in the park got a warning stating that, putting us on notice that evacuation could become necessary," said local resident Monique Ball.

And the historic Sanborn bridge is also in jeopardy.  Ice pushing against the structure is taking its toll.  Restoration plans for the span were already in the works after it was damaged by flooding from a different storm.  "I'm worried that the bridge won't hold up to that.  And if the bridge goes down, I'm worried about the repercussion of that.  I'm worried about the Valley View across the street --  I'm worried about the hotel because I don't know where the water would go," Ball said.

Concerns over water, concerns over heat and concerns over what the future has in store.  Ice continues to coat this part of the region and does not appear to be going away any time soon.

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