Officials say ice jams no longer an issue

Photo shows an Ice jam on the Wabash River on Feb. 20, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Photo shows an Ice jam on the Wabash River on Feb. 20, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

CARROLL CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Despite more snow on the way and possibly record-breaking cold, ice jams are likely not an issue anymore. Officials say it’s due to warmer temperatures we had last week.

Carroll County Emergency Management Director Dana Jeffries said the thaw helped break down the large chunks of ice. He said now the Wabash River is flowing smoothly, even though there are still smaller chunks of ice in the river.

Jeffries said if temperatures stay cold, he doesn’t think the ice will be as thick as it was before.

“Right now the river is flowing pretty well and there is a little bit of ice in the river, but it seems to be keeping right along” Jeffries said. “The major chunks of ice have either moved on down the river, or they’re washed up in the farm fields and they’re no longer a threat.”

According to the National Weather Service, the Wabash River in Lafayette is still in minor flood stage. However, the depth of the river is continuing to drop from when it crested on Monday.

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