Coast Guard starts breaking ice in Kennebec River

The U.S.Coast Guard cutters Bridle (foreground) and Tackle, break ice in the Kennebec River in Jan. 2010 in Richmond to help lessen the chances of winter flooding.
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
The U.S.Coast Guard cutters Bridle (foreground) and Tackle, break ice in the Kennebec River in Jan. 2010 in Richmond to help lessen the chances of winter flooding.
Posted March 12, 2011, at 1:26 p.m.
Last modified March 12, 2011, at 2:13 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard has started its springtime ice-breaking ritual along the Kennebec River in Maine.

Four Coast Guard Cutters have been staged in Bath since Wednesday.

The effort reduces the possibility of ice jamming and flooding as water runoff tries to drain to the ocean. The ice-breaking started Saturday in the main channel from Merrymeeting Bay and will move north to Gardiner.

Ice-breaking operations are expected to continue until Tuesday.

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