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Ice Jam and Flooding Possible in Ohio Valley Due to Warmer Temps

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The warmer weather is welcomed by many throughout the Ohio Valley after the deep freeze on January 7-8. The melt could be causing some concerns as authorities focus on flooding and ice jams in the frozen rivers and streams.

After record lows froze the Ohio Valley's creeks, streams and rivers earlier in the week special attention is now being paid as the mercury starts to rise and the ice begins to melt.

Big Wheeling Creek was completely froze over but chunks are beginning to break off and flow down stream potentially causing problems that have Ohio County Emergency Management Director Lou Vargo's attention.

"There's still lots of ice on the sides of the banks, the river back here through the peninsula to the other side of the Kroger parking lot is still frozen. So my concern now is hopefully all this ice will keep melting and move on but if some of this ice starts moving and can't go any further that's when I'm worried about an ice jam. That's what we'll be watching the rest of the evening and into tomorrow when all this ice should be gone," Vargo said.

As ice jam could have so serious repercussions across the Ohio Valley as the water levels also raise as the Deep Freeze begins to thaw.

"Well what would happen is if this ice would give way and go to where the river, creeks and streams are still frozen then if it jams up the water flow is going to be stopped and it's gonna back up and we'll have flash flooding," said Vargo.

Some flooding is already occurring in Marshall County as Fish Creek is raising and is partially covering the roads. Washington Lands Fire Chief Chad Gump is monitoring the area.

"All we can do is keep an eye on the water. I advised the people that lived down there, don't try to cross the creek because it is getting extremely high at this time. All we can do is just keep an eye on it," Gump said.

Although the flooding could turn bad, this is an annual event in the Ohio Valley according to Lou Vargo.

"Every year the creeks freeze over and stuff like that. We had it in 94, 96 and also in 2004 we some ice with the cold weather," Vargo said.

Ohio County and Marshall County EMA's haven't receive any reports of serious flooding or ice jams just yet but they say they'll be monitor the creeks and streams.