Rocky River Ice Jam Breaks Free; Flooding Possible

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — An ice jam on the Rocky River in Rocky River gave rushing water nowhere to go and it overflowed into the parking lot of the Emerald Necklace Marina on Friday morning.

Around 1 p.m., police said the jam broke free and was moving toward the lake.

Early Friday morning, residents living in the basin area (South Island Drive, Riverdale Drive and Yacht Club Drive) were told to prepare to evacuate if necessary.

Once the jam broke free, police sounded their sirens and once again went door to door to let residents know to leave the area if they were concerned.

The evacuations were voluntary.

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Some people in Rocky River had already taken precaution by moving important things to the second floor.

SkyFOX flew over the area Friday morning.

Several Richland County roads were closed Friday:

-London East between Sackler and Five Points (closed)
-London West at Broadway (closed)
-Rome South between SR 603 and Ganges East (closed)
-Smart Road between SR 39 and Mt. Zion (closed)

Several roads were also affected by high water in Erie County:

-Berlin Township: Chapin Road between Barrows and Mason roads (closed)
-Berlin Township: Wikel Road between Huff Road and SR 113 East (impacted)
-Florence Township: Joppa Road near Mason Road (impacted)
-Florence Township: SR 113 East near Harrison Manufacturing (impacted)
-Groton Township: SR 269 between Portland and Strecker Roads (impacted)

Rain is adding to the snow melt causing flooding concerns across the viewing area.

Two days ago the Chagrin River in Eastlake was still frozen without about a foot of ice on top and huge mounds of snow that were easily chest high.

The snow has melted considerably and the river's surface looked rather soft and slushy as of Friday morning.

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The rain tapered off somewhat so without a sudden increase in water levels or chunks of ice suddenly breaking loose and jamming things up everybody should be fine.

And while that appears to be the case, people in Eastlake would rather prepare for the worst.

They've been through it before and while they enjoy the beauty that mother nature creates, they don't want to see it dumped in their basements.

In Willoughby, officials have closed Daniels Park as a precaution. The following roads have been closed:

- Apollo Parkway- Industrial Businesses
- Lost Nation Road at Gilson Parkway
- Daniels Park: (North & South) -SR 84 is currently open for travel

The Willoughby Police Department has activated a Reverse 911 for those businesses and residences in the above affected areas warning people of the road closures and flooding issues.

Check the river level forecast here.

Just south of Cleveland, people who live near the Cuyahoga River in Valley View were also on high alert.

READ MORE: Call For Action — How to Protect Your Home from Flooding

Keep an eye on the forecast here.

6 comments

  • Steven Abelt

    I don’t see why they don’t have ice breakers that can run down the middle to lake Erie. After all these years, you’d think they could come up with a solution already!

    • MedinaJoe

      To give you an honest answer, it is because most of Cleveland’s rivers become very shallow just a short distance from the lake(besides the Cuyahoga) and icebreakers work by having room underneath the ice. There are some that power up onto the ice and break down. That, and I’d bet it isn’t economical to do this every year, since it is a natural occurrence. Ice jams aren’t really news to me, I read this article because I fish in the river for Steelhead.

      • Tim G.

        How do you cook your steelhead. I haven’t found a recipe that makes steelhead taste good yet. Very gamely fish.

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