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Ice jams, flooding are concerns

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 09:29 PM EST

WTOV9.com

BROOKE COUNTY – With the temperatures rising, there are concerns with ice jams and flooding in creeks around the valley.

In Brooke County, officials have their eyes on a few spots in particular, including Buffalo Creek and Short Creek near the Ohio County Airport Bridge. Many have ice jams on the sides but are flowing smoothly and do not raise any type of concern.

“We’ve been in touch (with the national weather service) several times over the last few days,” said Bob Fowler, Brooke County emergency management director. “It does not appear that we are expecting a large amount of rain, which is obviously that’s a contributing factor.”

As long as it stays that way, Fowler figures things will be OK in terms of a lack of flooding and most residents should not be affected.

“There used to be some things we could do to get rid of the ice jams,” Fowler said. “Today, that’s kind of impossible unless you could get piece of equipment like a track hoe at the edge of the creek to break up the ice. Nature is going to kind of take its course at that point.”

Since the creeks began to freeze, officials have been watching all of the creeks. They will keep a close eye on them as the temperatures rise.

Ice jams, flooding are concerns


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