Ice jam, flooding concerns in Carroll County

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Flooding could become an issue for Carroll County residents because of the rain, snow and ice jam on the Wabash River.

Rain and melting snow is adding water to rivers and streams in the area. The Tippecanoe River around Oakdale Dam in Carroll County has seen flooding in the past.

Emergency Management Director Dana Jeffries said he doesn’t think flooding will be a huge issue this time.

“Projection is about 7, 700 thousand cubic feet per second flow rate, which is below the warning and flood levels,” Jeffries explained.

He said flood levels are at 13,000 cubic feet per second. However, it is still too early to rule out the possibility of flooding in the Oakdale Dam area.

“This prediction is changing daily, depending on the weather. People should be aware that the river is rising and there’s a potential for flooding later on this weekend,” Jeffries added.

He said he is more concerned about the ice jam on the Wabash River. The ice jam is about six to eight miles long and located between the Lockport Bridge and Carrollton Bridge.

“Right now, the Wabash River seems to be falling. It’s not coming up. But with ice melting, the snow melting and the projected rainfall, the river could start rising,” Jeffries explained.

Jeffries was hoping the warmer temperatures would have helped break down the ice jam. All they can do it wait for it to melt.

“If that ice jam would not break up or get jammed up somewhere again, it could cause the water to dam up and start spilling out of its banks. It could flood the lower areas along the Wabash River,” said Jeffries.

Excess water is flooding farmlands and the roads in Carroll County. Jeffries said the best thing to do is avoid the flooded roads.

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