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Video: Mad Rivers Flowin'

Claremont — The rivers, they're alive!

Maybe not, but they sure were fascinating to watch today. Last week's deep freeze combined with this week's unseasonally warm weather created several ice jams, which clogged the Sugar, White and Connecticut rivers, among others.

The resulting clogs caused river levels to rise, and in Claremont, fire officials took the precautionary measure of issuing an optional evacuation advisory to several homes near the Sugar River, in the area of Beauregard Street.

To the casual observer, it looked pretty cool; visit our Facebook page to see video of the White River that the Main Street Museum's Nichole Hastings filmed, and check out the video below for some footage I took of the Sugar River in Claremont around 4:45 p.m.

Husband and wife Eric and Maria Pond were decidedly unimpressed, however.

"We've been through this a thousand times before. We're not scared," Eric Pond said near their Maria Street home in Claremont. "I think people panic more than we do."

See tomorrow's Valley News and www.vnews.com for more weather news and photos, and send your best photos and videos to me at mcassidy@vnews.com.


Melting Ice Lifts River Waters

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Claremont — A combination of sub-zero temperatures last week followed by warm weather during the past two days has created ice jams on rivers throughout the Twin States, forcing the rivers to rise near flood stage yesterday. Unseasonably warm temperatures combined with rain and melting snow caused rivers and streams to become clogged yesterday with ice chunks that collect around …