JOHNSON, Vt. — The town of Johnson is taking steps to prevent flooding as warmer weather and rain are forecast for this week.

Ice jams caused flooding in downtown Johnson last month. The town has been working with Vermont Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Agency of Natural Resources since then.

Vermont Public Radio reports that the select board voted on Friday to spend more than $20,000 of its emergency fund to hire specialized excavators to remove jammed ice from the Lamoille River.

The board plans to seek federal reimbursements to cover up to 70 percent of the expense.

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