Willoughby: Ice jams cause concern and evacuations

WILLOUGHBY -- Lake Metroparks rangers are keeping a close eye on the ice jam on the Chagrin River in Willoughby.

They're checking it every hour but, so far, it hasn't broken enough to cause serious flooding.

Even in the dark, the Chagrin River Park is filled with walkers crossing the bridge to get a glimpse of the ice jam.

"Lots of jammed up ice and it's gonna be a mess when it breaks loose," said Earl Linaburg.

Linaburg is a volunteer ranger with the park system.

He and the rest of the visitors are closely watching the jam.

"It does look really bad," said resident Tricia George.

The water began to rise quickly Friday afternoon, sending chunks of ice down river.

As a precaution, police closed Daniels Park, as well as three, water-soaked roads.

It's a similar sight out west in Rocky River, where a major ice jam broke, causing a voluntary evacuation.

Homeowners propped up their valuables using 2 by 4s.

"You're never completely prepared. You don't know what's going to happen when or how fast, so this is what we've done," said one resident.


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