Officials: River Flooding Possible in Eastlake

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EASTLAKE, Ohio -- The Eastlake mayor and fire chief want people living along the Chagrin River to be aware it could overflow this weekend.

“We are the emptying point for the Chagrin River, which is about 80 miles, so we get everybody’s ice as it comes down,” Eastlake Fire Chief Ted Whittington said.

In Eastlake, underneath the mounds of ic,e is the Chagrin River with its waters still flowing beneath.

Whittington is preparing for another round of possible flooding. The massive blocks of ice are expected to melt as the weekend temperatures venture far above freezing.

“Anybody along the river just know that this weekend there is a potential for some issues, so just keep an eye on it,” he said.

“The situation looks a lot worse than it really is at this point,” Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley said.

Lake Erie is frozen, but the mouth of the river is not.

The mayor and fire chief are keeping a close watch – just in case.

“We always look at the worst and hope for the best,” Morley said.

If the threat of flooding increases, Eastlake residents will be notified by a reverse 911 system, Morley said.