Record thaw brings mud and floods

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copyright the Chronicle February 28, 2018

Even without the predicted heavy rains, last week’s record warm weather worsened ice jams, flooded roads, and launched a brief preview of mud season.

On February 21, when temperatures in the area approached 60 degrees, wrecker drivers were doing a brisk business rescuing cars mired up to their bumpers on the back roads.

That same day, a backhoe ended up in the river in Coventry when Rene Desrochers tried to clear up an ice jam behind the garage in the village where he stores equipment for his company, Desrochers Excavating.

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