"The Northeast Floods of January 1996 were the
result of a very rapid snowmelt punctuated by a short but intense rainfall. What made this event so
unusual was the nature and the intensity of the snowmelt, combined with the intense rainfall for
this time of year, over such a large geographical area. The flooding was compounded by ice movement
and jamming in many of the rivers and streams. The floods were described by some as a "flash flood" for main-stem rivers due to the unprecedented
rates of rise recorded during this event."