Update: Ice jams loosening up on Muskingum River

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oh,-(WTAP), ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - 1/25/2018 4:50 P.M.

The worst appears to be over on the Muskingum River, where this month's near-zero temperatures resulted in ice jams.

The ice buildup brought concerns over possible flooding in communities along the river as far south as Morgan County, and Beverly in Washington County.

Washington County Emergency Management Director Rich Hays viewed those areas of the river Thursday.

He said while the riverbanks at Beverly were full, they were not overflowing, and that most of the ice had broken up or melted, thanks to warmer temperatures in recent days.

Hays says water had been held back at dams in the Zanesville area, but with the ice now melting, that water was expected to be released back into the river.


Authorities in eastern Ohio are watching for hazardous ice jams on the Muskingum River during the latest winter freeze.

Emergency management officials say four people were rescued from high waters over the weekend and several homes were evacuated. A large, miles-long, ice jam caused water to rise quickly.

Muskingum County Emergency Management Director Jeff Jadwin said some docks have detached and a boat was washed into the river. Authorities are checking bridges to make sure they aren't damaged.

Authorities say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has shut down water from the Wills Creek Dam to help control water flow.

However, new snow could add to river volume.

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