Officials: Route 7 through Kent expected to be closed for days

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The weekend’s freezing temperatures slowed the movement of an enormous ice jam on the Housatonic River.

As News 12 reported, the jam caused flooding and evacuations in the town of Kent, in Litchfield County.

On Saturday, the blockade floated about a mile in six hours, but on Sunday, it was going nowhere and froze on the Housatonic River.

Officials say that a second jam also formed south of the first one. Because the ice jams are still causing problems, a stretch of Route 7 in Kent is expected to be closed for days.

The jam on the river wasn't the only thing immobilized: the flood water that was forced onto Kent School Campus is now frozen, too.

The water moved toward many of the buildings on campus, and the school's hockey rink was completely surrounded by water.

Officials say after the ice is removed, the state must survey the portion of road that got flooded and frozen to see if it is safe.

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