"Trying to decide when to go, and you know, sometimes it's time to bail. You know, sometimes you gotta bail."
That's the sentiment of Dave Barrett and some others who live along the ice-jammed Maumee. He's called the river home for more than twenty years. While some flooding is a yearly occurrence, he says he's only had to leave four times.
"In the summertime, this is paradise. It's 20 minutes from Toledo, you can boat, wakeboard, you can water ski, you can do whatever you want. It's 25 miles from the dam, up as far as you can go, so you got all that you know? Sunshine, it's 85 degrees, it's wonderful. This, it's not so good."
The current still flowed easily downstream. That's where we found Brenda Krukowski and others drawn to local parks to witness the ice piles.
"Well, it has flooded in Grand Rapids quite a, you know, taller than I am, let's put it that way. It did a lot of damages to the businesses. And that what, you know, is the big concern here."
"Out here on the Maumee River, ice as thick as a foot has washed up onto shore. This one not far behind it, eight inches thick, and just like a layer cake, it's forming different colors and patterns, due to different characteristics of the river. This was the coldest when it formed. It has fewer air bubbles, and more of a clear color. This is more like what you'd see in your freezer at home. It's frozen and thawed. Silt from the bottom of the river has washed up into this anchor ice. And that's why we have all of the different colors."
Barrett warned that ice chunks would splinter, throwing heavy shards several feet.
"If I come up missing, everybody start looking for me is all."