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Coast Guard ice breaking Cutters make progress on the Penobscot River: Coast Guard ice breakers continue to steadily break ice in the Penobscot River Thursday to help the broken ice drift down river and out to sea.

The Rockland-based Coast Guard Tackle, and Southwest Harbor-based Coast Guard Cutter Bridle crews have been working in tandem to break the ice during the high tide, so when the tide shifts, the outgoing current will carry it down river.

The ice-breaking efforts are in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW), the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the cutters made it about three miles south of the Bangor area, and plan to break ice Thursday and Friday to continue opening up the river.

“It has certainly been a unique season so far with the frigid temperatures earlier in the month, and then the rapid warm-up and rain over the weekend,” said Capt. Michael Baroody, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

“Based on the slightly warmer temperatures this week, we are trying to get our cutters up the river as far as possible to reduce the ice jam flooding potential. The thickness of the ice made it necessary for us to send two cutters up, so we don’t run the risk of one getting stuck in the ice alone.”

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Coast Guard ice breaking Cutters make progress on the Penobscot River: Coast Guard ice breakers continue to steadily break ice in the Penobscot River Thursday to help the broken ice drift down river and out to sea.The Rockland-based Coast Guard Tackle, and Southwest Harbor-based Coast Guard Cutter Bridle crews have been working in tandem to break the ice during the high tide, so when the tide shifts, the outgoing current will carry it down river.The ice-breaking efforts are in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW), the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter.As of Wednesday afternoon, the cutters made it about three miles south of the Bangor area, and plan to break ice Thursday and Friday to continue opening up the river.“It has certainly been a unique season so far with the frigid temperatures earlier in the month, and then the rapid warm-up and rain over the weekend,” said Capt. Michael Baroody, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.