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DATE: November 2, 2017
CONTACT: Shane Csiki, (603) 271-2876

Experts to Present Ice Jam Observer Training in the North Country

CONCORD, NH - The New Hampshire Geological Survey (NHGS) at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Silver Jackets,  and in coordination with the towns of Franconia, Conway, Lancaster and Plymouth, will host three training sessions in early November focusing on ice jams. Several North Country towns have experienced ice-jam induced flooding in recent years.

This training, to be provided by river and ice jam experts from NHGS, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory and the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, will focus on the science of ice jams, including how they form, signs of concern, and how to deal with them. The effort is an outgrowth of a multi-agency Silver Jackets project that also recently examined sections of the Gale River in Franconia and Sugar Hill to identify potential jam formation mechanisms.

Silver Jackets is a USACE initiative to foster a multi-agency partnership in each state to address flood risk concerns. NHGS chairs this group for New Hampshire, which also includes, as key state partners, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Office of Strategic Initiatives, the Department of Transportation, and New Hampshire Fish & Game.

Meeting Information:

Monday, November 6, 2017
Franconia Town Hall
421 Main Street

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Conway Fire Department
97 Main Street

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Lancaster Town Hall
25 Main Street

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Plymouth Town Hall
6 Post Office Square

All sessions start at 6 PM and will last for about 2 hours.

For more information related to the Ice Jam Observer Training, please contact Shane Csiki, Flood Hazards Program Administrator at NHGS at (603) 271-2876.

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