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Ice on creeks causing concern

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 06:16 PM EST

By: Adam Del Rosso


Since temperatures have been below freezing since 3am Monday, it's not shocking that there is ice covering parts of the Valley’s creeks and streams. Officials said it's what happens when that ice begins to melt that has them concerned.

 

"We don't have those issues every year. For example, last year was a fairly warm winter," said Brooke County EMA Director Bob Fowler. “We're hoping that a lot of that ice will melt enough where it will dislodge and go on down the creek."

 

With temperatures expected to soar into the 40s this weekend after reaching -10°F earlier in the week, the ice will break up and could restrict the water flow.

 

"Always be concerned with flooding. If the water comes up quickly and we get a lot of rain quickly, there could be some flash flooding," Fowler said.

 

The forecast is also calling for rain on Saturday which means officials will be on the lookout for high waters. Fowler said residents who live in low lying areas near a creek or stream should be on the watch as well.

 

"We'll be out the entire weekend monitoring the creeks, especially if we get an inch or two of rain," he said.

 

Residents NEWS9 spoke to said they aren't concerned at the moment, but if they see the water rising, then they'll start to take action.

 

Fowler added there isn't as much ice on the Ohio River because of barge traffic and faster flow rates. He said if the cold snap would have lasted longer, it would be a different story.

Ice on creeks causing concern


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