Ice jams cause flooding in Berkshire County

January 12, 2018 11:19 PM

CHESHIRE, Mass. - Ice jams caused flooding in Berkshire County on Friday.

The Cheshire Fire Department got dispatched for the report of some flooding in the area of Route 8 around noon.

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Firefighters say basically what happened is ice started to fall off the mountain behind the roadway and into a brook. They said a culvert got jammed and that's what led to the flooding.

They said when they arrived on scene, a few cars were actually stuck on some chunks of ice.

One firefighter says he's lived in Berkshire County his entire life and this is something he's never seen.

"For us, we don't see a lot of this around here. I think it was a lot of rain mixed with a lot of snow on the ground and ice up in the mountains and the rivers and the creeks. Pulling up, I thought I was going to park in the parking lot and unfortunately, that parking lot was full of three feet of ice along with a dumpster that had shifted from behind the building in the middle of the parking lot essentially," described Jason Mendonca with the Cheshire Fire Department.

Firefighters say the Highway Department was able to open the roadway in about an hour and a half. Luckily, no major damage was done and no one was hurt.


WNYT Staff

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