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Ice jam along Maumee River "unpredictable"

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Jagged shards of thick ice are stacked several feet high along this bank of the Maumee River.

It's a natural phenomenon that's drawing spectators at Mary Jane Thurston State Park.

"I used to live down here and as long as I've lived here, I've never seen the ice jam up like this," marveled Darla Roth who now lives in Gaylord, MI.

"I seen it a long time ago," added Burdette Badenhop, who drove from Deshler to see the ice jam. "Went out. The ice was about ten inches thick and everything."

Beneath the surface, there's an underlying safety concern.

If the water pressure behind this ice jam builds up, the ice may come apart all at once, then possibly jam up again farther downstream, where it may cause flooding.

The National Weather Service says this jam, upstream of Grand Rapids, remains locked in place and freezing temperatures could actually lead to more ice forming.

Even the experts caution ice jam flooding is difficult to predict and conditions can rapidly change.

So, if you live near this unusual pile-up in the Maumee, the National Weather Service recommends: Be prepared to act quickly.

Also, if you see any ice movement or flooding, emergency managers are asking you to immediately contact local law enforcement.

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