Montpelier officials say flood threat has passed

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“Flood” sales have ended in Montpelier.

Sandbags also have begun disappearing and the U.S. Postal Service is making plans to return mailboxes to street corners.

That’s because officials say the capital city is no longer in danger of flooding from the Winooski River.

A buildup of ice in the river channel had threatened to catch thawing spring ice floes.

Officials worried the ice could dam up and cause the river to flood into downtown, as it did in 1992.

But the ice jams flushed out of Montpelier yesterday and the river is now largely clear.

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