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WEB EXTRA: Marshall County EMA Keeping Eye Out for Ice Jams

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Emergency Management officials in Marshall County are keeping an eye on a number of ice jam situations on small creeks and streams.

The below freezing temperatures and a snowy winter have caused quite a few creeks in Marshall County to freeze over with large sheets of ice over the past few weeks.

As the weather started to break over the weekend, so did some large, frozen pieces of ice. Those chunks of ice are getting caught near bridges and turns, causing water to back up behind them, which has created ice jams, and a potential risk of flooding.

"Right now we have six different ice jams on Middle Grave Creek just outside of Moundsville. They extend all the way from Maxwell Acres to Hinerman Hill. Right now we have two on Big Grave Creek, we had one that formed this morning. We have a couple on Little Grave Creek that have to be checked- also, there's one one on Fish Creek which actually the ice has caused the water to back up and flood the roadway," said Marshall County EMA Director, Tom Hart.

Hart said there is no word on when that portion of Fish Creek road will re-open, especially with more winter-like temperatures on the way.

"With the cold weather, we may not have as much water flow, to help push that ice jam out so we'll have to keep an eye on that, hopefully it'll be able to work its way out here sometime soon."

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