Ice Chunks ‘As Big As Pick-Up Trucks’ in Vermilion

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VERMILION, Ohio -- Last week's warmer weather led to some of the worst flooding Vermilion has seen in years.

Ice jams forced the Vermilion River to spill over its banks, sending a wall of water and blocks of ice into homes on Riverside Drive Saturday.

"Water will do a lot of damage. A lot of people don't realize what water will do," Riverside Drive resident Joe Whyel said.

The Vermilion River went from raging waters to now being frozen solid. Vermilion city crews have spent the past few days breaking up the ice on the street and clearing the debris so people could return to their homes.

Melvin Lloyd has been with the Service Department for 13 years and said he has never seen the street so covered with ice.

“Some of the ice is as big as pick-up trucks. It's hard to believe. It's quite an operation,” Lloyd said.

Whyel’s home has been raised, so it suffered little damage. A storage basement did get flooded.

“Just got to be cleaned up, in time you know. With this cold weather, I am in no hurry to do it,” he said.

But, many of his neighbors are still assessing the damage and could be facing weeks of clean-up.

"It’s going to be a mess. There's a bunch of debris that has pushed around and stacked up," Lloyd added.

While the river may be frozen now, Riverside Drive residents wonder what a spring thaw will bring.

“Take a look at that river. It's going to flood again, more than likely, because they're not breaking the ice up to get it out of here," Whyel said.

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