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State money for ice woes finally thaws

ATHOL - When the Millers River froze to a standstill in 2005 because of frazil ice buildup, the town called in many of its resources to deal with the problem.

Police, firefighters and Public Works employees worked overtime to protect homes from the rising flood waters.

Two years later, the state has cut the town a check for $16,000 for the emergency costs.

Town Manager David Ames said he is pleased to finally receive the money, which will be available next year through free cash for whatever the town needs to spend it on. The money awarded the town was less than requested, but only a little more than $30 less.

"It was just about what we realistically expected," Mr. Ames said.

The emergency occurred when slush, known as frazil ice, plugged up the Millers River and diverted the water flow down Pequoig Avenue, through backyards and into Cass Meadow.

The town was assisted by the National Guard, volunteers and town employees in filling sandbags to protect the homes. The ice did not fully melt until spring but the flooding was kept from affecting all but four homes.

The past two winters, because of different weather conditions, the problem did not occur. The state has since cut brush in Cass Meadow, clearing the way for a better water flow if a similar ice buildup happens.
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Title Annotation:LOCAL NEWS
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 14, 2007
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