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    Default Breaking up ice dams...who you gonna call?

    Barre is mostly (if not entirely) an on-call department -- small town NW of Worcester. Been a pretty severe winter all of sudden in these parts.


    Barre firefighters use hand and power tools to cut away a huge piece of ice that was blocking the flow of the Ware River and flooding the neighborhood in Barre Plains. (T&G Staff/DAN GOULD)

    Saturday, January 29, 2005

    Stemming the tide in Barre

    Workers saw through ice, debris to ease flood damage

    By Justin T. Martin Telegram & Gazette Staff

    BARRE— Firefighters, public works crews and volunteers spent most of the day yesterday trying to saw through ice, beaver dams, and debris that collectively has caused the Ware River to flood in sections of South Barre and the Barre Plains areas.

    Seven homes and one business suffered some form of flooding to their properties.

    Romeo P. Salvadore, of 154 Main St., thinks the combination of the severe cold, the beaver dams that have sprouted up along the river in recent years, and the release of water from the Barre Falls Dam contributed to the calamity.

    “This is the worst I’ve seen since 1938,” he said, referring to severe floods that threatened most of south Barre.

    Using chainsaws, workers behind his property cut through 2 feet of ice to break up dams of ice and debris.

    The work crews were hoping to breach a large dam caused by a fallen tree, debris and ice near where the river runs under Main Street.

    More than 3 feet of water was running on top of the original ice cap of the river.

    Mr. Salvadore said the river was at its worst early yesterday morning, when raging waves topped the river.

    He said the overflow flooded the basement of his son’s house next door and several other houses in the neighborhood.

    “I know we live in a flood plain, but this was the highest I’ve seen the river since 1938,” he said.

    Fire Chief Joseph Rogowski said it took firefighters and public works crews six hours to clear the blockage.

    Firefighters left the site about 4 p.m.

    “It’s not really what we normally do (dealing with water problems rather than fire problems),” the chief said. “But at times like these, I think the townspeople really appreciate their Fire Department. I commend all the guys for coming in and helping out with this. They did a tremendous job.”

    Chief Rogowski said the ice, the beaver dams, and dams created by fallen trees contributed to the swelling of the river.

    He said the Barre Falls Dam and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has held water back for more than a week to help reduce the swells.

    He said water would likely be released by the agencies today, but in small increments, preventing additional flooding.
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    napalm, I love the smell of napalm on the beaver damn

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    Originally posted by warsbc362
    napalm, I love the smell of napalm on the beaver damn
    LOL - very good
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    What you need is one of these babies. Official fire departmenent ice damn clearing missile! (Just paint it red).

    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    that was good , that was really good. I have a blackhawk on standby just in case

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    And for those really tough jobs, use your air unit...



    We'll take out those beavers yet!
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Call this guy....he is an ice specialist!
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    Hey that looks like my house!

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    Originally posted by Dave404
    Hey that looks like my house!
    LMFAO! Lotsa snow and -40shiiiiittttie kinda weather this winter? *snicker*

    Guess I'd better not laugh too much, what if I end up moving back to Alberta
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