Montpelier officials say the Winooski River is rising, but there’s no indication yet that an ice jam could cause flooding in the downtown.
In a 5:00am message City Manager William Fraser says the sheet ice in the river is not breaking up, which is good news because ice chunks could block the river and cause a flood.
But he says it’s still raining and temperatures are well above freezing.
Fraser says if the sheet ice holds flooding should be avoided.
Colder temperatures predicted for later today should reduce the flood threat even more.
Officials fear a repeated of a March 1992 flood that devastated the downtown.