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Warmer weather could cause flooding

FORT PLAIN -- Emergency contractors for the Department of Transportation were called to Route 80 over the Otsquago Creek to clear an ice jam in Starkville. If left untouched it could cause flooding for several communities.

All of a sudden I look out the window and ice is backed right up to the bridge and I walk over to the other side same thing, it's up to the bottom of the bridge. First time Ive seen that and Ive been here 29 years almost, said Mark Barton, who lives near the jam.

Crews spent the day moving ice away from the creek and then trucking it about a mile up the road. Earlier in the week an ice jam broke sending an eight to ten foot wave toward nearby Fort Plain.

If the water gets high enough it's going to make the ice come together again and it's just going to develop into a very bad situation, said Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton. Theres a lot of people between here and there that we have to be concerned about.

There is concern about an expected increase in temperatures on Saturday, which could melt several inches of ice and snow. Additional rainfall could put some creeks near flood level.

Last June several homes had to be demolished after flooding in Fort Plain. Starkville resident Mark Barton is still working to repair the damage to his home.

It hasn't ended ever since 07 when we got that first one. Since then my basement's been flooded three times. This last time [in June] was the worst of it, said Mark. You just take it day by day because you don't know what it's going to do.

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