Ice jam which prompted Logansport evacuations has broken

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) – UPDATE – The ice jam which caused problems in downtown Logansport throughout the day Friday broke about 4:30 p.m. Cass County EMA Director Alvin Beckman said the jam breaking up in Logansport helped break up another jam near Georgetown downstream. Beckman told News 18 the river remains high, but there are no major flooding issues Friday night as there had been earlier in the day. Meanwhile, an ice jam on the Wabash continues to cause problems in Carroll County, between the Carrollton Bridge and Lockport.

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An ice jam on the Eel River caused flooding problems for residents in Logansport Friday. Some residents were forced to evacuate their homes on Friday afternoon. Emergency officials are preparing for the worst.

Cass County Emergency Management Director Alvin Beckman said the ice jam is over two and a half miles long.

“It jammed up. It broke a little bit. Water started flowing and with the rise of the river, it jammed back up. All the water started coming up into the backyards,” Beckman explained.

Beckman said they’ve evacuated at least two homes. The Logansport Fire Department helped rescue a woman from her home because it was surrounded by flood waters.

Those who live nearby the Eel River were notified of the situation.

“We’ve just been doing notifications on both the north end and south side the river. We’re notifying all the residents along the river of what the situation is,” Beckman added.

Samantha Emmons said she has lived in the Logansport area her whole life. She said she has never seen the Eel River look like this.

“There’s never been any problems until now. I think with the sun, the rain and the heat up, then cooling down, I think it really affected it. It is scary to know that it could come over,” Emmons explained.

Beckman said emergency officials are making sandbags available to people at Spencer Park in Logansport. He wants the public to be aware of the ice jam situation and to watch for flooding in the area.

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