Ice Jam Class in Venango County

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team, a program sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is a chartered team made up of federal, state, local organizations and associations, held two ice jam training sessions: first one was in Bloomsburg on December 11th at the Bloomsburg Fire Department, Town of Bloomsburg, Columbia County and a second offering at the Venango County Vocational Technical Center, Oil City, Venango County on December 12th from 1pm-4pm both days. The Venango County offering afforded the Pennsylvania SJ Team a site visit opportunity to  view the working/deployed Allegheny River Ice Boom that received FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding from DR-1898 for an enhancement/upgrade.  It should be noted that the ice boom is one of only 3 in the country.  Classroom presentations were made by Joe Rocks, USACE Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Charles Ross and Craig Evanego, National Weather Service (NWS), State College, Jim Brewster NWS, Binghamton, New York, Alicia Miller, NWS – Pittsburgh, and Ben Pratt, Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC). Items covered included the general science of ice jams, ice observer training/ice jam monitoring and the use of social media to report ice jams.  More information regarding the PA SJ Team and Flood Risk Management may be found at: