Why, yes, the ice has broken on the Housatonic River

The Housatonic River near Kent was frozen nearly solid until last week’s heavy rains and high water levels came along. The ice broke up into massive blocks, many of which washed up on Route 7. Photo by Sue Vizzari

KENT — With the massive amounts of rainfall and melting that caused the Housatonic River to flood fields and roads, it became obvious last week that the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Ice Watch contest was over.

Each winter, the fire department sets up a system in which a clock connected to a tripod on the Housatonic River stops when the ice breaks.

People pay $2 to make a guess as to when the ice will break. Whoever guesses the actual date and time wins half of the money that is collected. The other half goes to the fire department.

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