Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Ice jam concerns raised as rain, warmth and snow are forecast

Ice jam concerns raised as rain, warmth and snow are forecast

The rain is expected to continue into the evening, with the possibility of another thunderstorm; some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall and additional areas of fog before midnight. However, according to reports, the resulting melting snow could result in potential major flooding in certain areas, particularly in communities situated along the coastline, although flood alerts are in effect for interior areas of Long Island as well.

He said in an email that many residences along Pointe Drive were surrounded by water.

Some locations that will experience flooding include northern Milan.

"I just got off the phone with the weather service", said Jeff Friedland, St. Clair County director of emergency management and homeland security.

The Arctic cold has also created frozen ground across the northern tier, even where snow cover is lacking. "They are going to be doing an upbound vessel escort and then a downbound escort, and they are going to check to see if there is a blockage".

"Unfortunately, it'll happen in the dark, or could happen in the dark with the river rising overnight".

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"It pretty much started when the wind shifted around to the north", he said.

Talking to WWJ's Sandra McNeill on Friday, Friedland said homes along the river in East China Township already have flooding on the lawns.

"We have plans in place", he said. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

"Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties", forecasters warn.

Ben Pratt, hydraulic engineer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, predicts the water in the Susquehanna River to rise a little above 10 feet starting Saturday night.

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