Quick Thaw Could Mean Flooding

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EASTLAKE, Ohio -- We're all hoping for a quick thaw of all those
mountains of ice and snow, but with the melt comes problems.

Eastlake is one area where officials and residents are watching for flooding.

The Chagrin River is layered with a foot of ice and rimmed in mounds of snow, and when it melts, it has to go somewhere.

A change from below freezing to 50 degrees isn't good for flood-prone areas like Eastlake.

If the thaw happens too quickly, that's when we see the ice jam up as the river rises and if the water can't drain smoothly out into the lake, it will overflow the banks into people's homes and business.

There's no imminent threat of that.  Gauges showed that the river was a little over 4 feet Wednesday morning, which is nowhere near flood stage.

But a rapid thaw can change that very quickly.

Residents say they've learned they cannot control mother nature and are simply watching and waiting like they always do.

Click here to read more on Eastlake's flood watch.

Click here to keep an eye on the forecast.

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