Several areas are experiencing higher than normal water levels due to flooding, causing voluntary evacuations and several road closures.
Flood warnings are in effect for many parts of the area. For information on those alerts, click here.
In Willoughby, the Chagrin River splintered into huge chunks of ice Friday and rose to 13.6 feet by 5 p.m. causing several roads to flood and creating a massive ice jam.
The steadily rising wall of ice appeared to come within a foot of the underbelly of the state Route 2 overpass near Lost Nation Road, which was worrisome to many residents.
But an Ohio Department of Transportation spokesperson said engineers are aware of the situation and that the bridge isn’t in any danger at this time.
“While the water has been rising throughout the day, the temperatures are going to start dropping so all of it will freeze up again," ODOT Spokesperson Amanda McFarland said.
The U.S. Coast Guard tells Fox 8 News that they can’t break up the ice near the mouth of the river at Lake Erie because it’s too dangerous to walk on the ice with chain saws and it’s impossible to reach with the cutter.
Officials have closed Daniels Park as a precaution. The following roads have also 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.
In Eastlake, residents are also keeping a close eye on the Chagrin River. Eastlake Fire Chief Ted Whittington said the huge ice jam in Willoughby is preventing problems there.
A police officer will continue to check the water levels once an hour. He suggests that residents also monitor river levels, but emphasizes that once the ice jam breaks free, Eastlake should see little effect.
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)
For more on this week's flooding, click here.