Ice Jam Along the Zumbro River near Kellogg

With the mild temperatures across the region earlier this week, many rivers began rising throughout the region as rapid melting of the snowpack occurred.   Near Kruger Park, which is a few miles west of Kellogg, Minnesota, an ice jam developed along the lower Zumbro River.   The jam was about a mile long, and caused the river to rise out of its banks.  At one point on Thursday, water rose high enough to go over parts of County Road 81, which runs west out of Kellogg.   Most of the flooding however was confined to farm fields and adjacent lowland swamp near the river.  No homes were threatened.

As of Friday afternoon, Wabasha County Emergency Management reports that water levels have gone down, and flooding no longer appears to be an immediate problem.   However, large chunks of ice remain lodged in the river channel, and with the cooler weather over the coming days, this ice is likely to stick around.   This area will have to be monitored until this ice is gone, and that could be several weeks.

Here are a couple of pictures of the ice jam. 



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