Localized Ice Jam Flooding Possible on Area Rivers

The recent quite cold stretch of winter weather has led to the rapid formation of ice on area rivers and streams, increasing the threat for ice jam formation. Ice jams can lead to rapid localized rises of water upstream of the jam, with some lowland flooding even possible with little or no warning. Similarly, the breakup of ice jams can lead to sudden rises downstream with little advance warning. The threat for ice jams will continue over the next few days. Those living along area rivers and streams are urged to keep a close eye on river levels and prepare to take action should waters rise.

For additional information on current river levels, please visit our Advance Hydrologic Prediction Service page.

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