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Concern for flooding prompts warning

Rivers off-limits for dumping snow

WATERBURY, Vt. -- Worries about spring flooding have prompted state officials to ask people clearing snow from the Valentine's Day blizzard to not dump it in Vermont's rivers.

"Many towns and private land owners have been forced to truck snow off-site due to the volume of snow on streets, sidewalks , and parking lots," said a statement from the state Division of Emergency Management.

The division is "asking those who are trucking snow to find a dump site away from rivers and streams due to flood concerns," the statement said.

It is also asking "those businesses that are located along a waterway not to plow snow into the waterway."

The division said the potential for flooding is a particular concern in Montpelier, where a major ice jam has formed on the Winooski River.

The statement said people who own property in flood plains should consider getting flood insurance if they don't already have it. Insurance is available from private agents or through the National Flood Insurance Program.

That program is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To take part, a property owner must live in a town that has signed up with the program.

Those seeking more information can call FEMA at 1-800-427-4661, or visit fema.gov/business/nfip or floodsmart.gov.

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