For the last few days, springs that are normally intermittent, have been flowing over Lime Kiln, building up[ a sheet of ice six inches thick. Bayview Creek, frozen over in spots, dammed up causing street flooding on Main, Corbin,5th and 6th. Also impacted, was the Bayview Mercantile, which is flooded as well.
The road district brought in a front end loader that cleared the ice jams, allowing the waterways to drain normally. Streets have returned to normal, with a few exceptions, such as Lime kiln, which is much improved.
Ice jamming as we are seeing this year, is not a usual problem, but excessive soil moisture coupled with below freezing temperatures has created the problem.
Protected areas among the marinas have iced over, mostly between slips and rows of float homes.A warm up is forecast along with around 7 inches of snow, which being February, will then most likely rain off. We are close to the end of severe winter, and entering the mud and slush phase.
Photo by Taryn Hecker Thonpson.
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