Authorities watching for possible ice jams

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Officials throughout the region are warning residents to watch for possible flooding through the weekend.

Warm temperatures and rain have prompted concerns over ice jams in area rivers. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Saturday evening for portions of northern New York and central and northern Vermont.

The AuSable River is notorious for its Ice Jams and flooding. Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day says the snow melt will move water into rivers which could cause ice to break up leading to possible jams.

Montpelier also has a history of serious ice jams in the Winooski River including the March flood of 1992 that caused extensive damage downtown.

City officials are advising business owners and residents to prepare basements that routinely flood and remove stored property that may be damaged by water.