More roads close along the Maumee ahead of possible flooding, ice jams

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PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) - From Maumee to Rossford and Perrysburg, roads are being closed in anticipation for movement on the river.

"The threats are two-fold: flooding and then damage from the ice itself," Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director, said.

Right now, the Maumee is frozen and it happened fast.

"We're always on the river and we never see it like this," Drew Newton of Perrysburg said.

Newton and his mother were just a few of the people who braved the cold Thursday to see for themselves before it starts to melt away.

"I think it's cool. It's pretty fascinating," Newton said.

While it's certainly a sight to see, it can also be destructive. Back in 2015, ice jams left a mark on several area parks, wiping out roads, destroying structures and even damaging nearby trees.

Those situations can also cause waters to rapidly rise.

"If a jam does happen where it backs up river water, it can happen very quickly and can actually be a flash flooding event where people may not be able to get out of the way," Gilbert pointed out.

Unfortunately, he says, there is no way to know for sure how the current scenario will play out.

"It's very, very hard to tell exactly where ice will break up or how it will pile up on certain things on the river like bends and bridges."

Until then, all eyes are one the skies and the thermometer.

At last check River road at Side Cut Metropark and Hull Prairie road near Buttonwood Park are closed. The entrances to Hood Park in Perrysburg and the Rossford Marina and Veteran's Memorial Park are also closed as city leaders wait for the threat of flooding to pass.