Seven mile long ice jam creates hazards in Carroll County

(WLFI photo)
(WLFI photo)

CARROLL CO., Ind. (WLFI) – As more than seven miles of ice pushes against the Carrollton Bridge in Carroll County, drivers stop along the bridge and watch in awe of the ice jam. Former Carroll County resident Lee Miller said it’s not an unfamiliar sight.

“As kids we’ve seen it like this. In fact, we even ice skated in the field right here,” said Miller.

Carroll County EMA director Dana Jeffries said that this ice isn’t the kind for skating, and the ice jam is causing major hazards for the area. The amount of pressure from water building up behind the more than seven miles of ice along the Wabash River is flooding some Carroll County roads.

Jeffries said several roads have been closed already, and asks all drivers to stay off closed roads.

“If the sign says road closed high water, they need to stay off that road and not drive into it. If the road has a dip in it, you could potentially go into five or six feet of water very easily,” said Jeffries.

Flooded roads aren’t only issues rising due to the ice jam. With all the ice blocking the flow of the Wabash river, the water has to find another route.

“It’s forcing the water to back up behind the ice because it can’t flow, so the river bottoms are flooded out now and that’s what is causing the problem for right now,” said Jeffries.
Jeffries said once the water breaks through the ice jam, it has the potential to flood areas like Pittsburgh, a town just outside of Delphi.

“The water is rising. We don’t know when it’s going to stop rising. It’s continuing to come up, and if they have any concerns about what coming into their property, the probably need to get out,” said Jeffries.

Another problem is knowing when the jam will break.

“Nobody knows when it’s going to break. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure on that ice at this time and it could go now, it could be tomorrow, it could be tonight. We’re not really sure,” said Jeffries.

Jeffries told News 18 that once the ice jam breaks and passes under the Carrollton Bridge, it could cause other jams downstream.

For more photos of the ice jam, click here.

blog comments powered by Disqus