HAWLEY - Weather conditions were ripe Tuesday, January 23rd, for frozen rivers to break up and ice jams to form.

HAWLEY - Weather conditions were ripe Tuesday, January 23rd, for frozen rivers to break up and ice jams to form.
Mayor Kevin Hawk alerted Hawley Fire Department to attend to the potential for an ice jam, late that afternoon. Deputy Fire Chief Eugene E. Krause said that ice was backed up through the borough to the Middle Creek.
The Fire Department was in place at the Eddy Bridge when at about 5:20 p.m., the ice broke on the Lackawaxen River. No damage or flooding occurred, as the ice rushed down river.
The river level rose from about 7 to 10.09 feet in the space of about a half hour, which is below the 11-foot flood stage a measured at the gauge at the Eddy Bridge. The Eddy Bridge is at the end of Church Street. In a flood emergency, the Hawley Fire Department will install a flood gate on Church Street, to close the gap between the two sections of earthen flood levees that have protected the town for over 50 years.
A short video, looking upstream from the bridge, was captured of the moment.
“It went in a big woosh,” Krause said.

(Video courtesy Hawley Fire Department)