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Ice flows are a big concern for local flooding as the weather warms
The last thaw, in January, led to evacuations in Northeast Ohio 
Story by M.L. SCHULTZE AND STEVE BROWN


 
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Forecasts are calling for temperatures to reach the 50’s by Thursday, which is causing concerns about flooding and ice jams on Northeast Ohio rivers.

Seth Binau from the National Weather Service explains.

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“We typically see ice jams develop when melting starts to occur or significant volumes of water come into the water underneat the ice, which causes the ice to buckle and break apart.”

In mid-January, briefly higher temperatures caused ice jams along the Chagrin and Rocky rivers, leading to road closings in Willoughby and about a dozen homes being evacuated in Rocky River.

 

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