Ice on Mississippi River raises concerns for flooding

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There are flood concerns along the Mississippi River as ice builds up in the water.

Built up ice seems to be the concern for residents who live or work along the river. They said they’re keeping an eye on it to make sure they’re ready for a flood.

Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon said although the river levels are normal now, the speed of the melting ice is something to keep an eye on.

He said it’s unusual to see this happening this time of year, as it usually happens in the spring.

While he said flooding is not a concern in Quincy right now– that’s not the case across the river.

The flood gates are up in Canton, Missouri, and residents in La Grange, Missouri, said they are prepared.

“Oh, we always prepare,” Resident Connie Tasco said. “We take the boat docks out and move them and the trash cans down on the riverfront and move them. We try to help people out on the main street that gets flooded if we can.”

Simon said right now, the river sits at 11 to 12 feet, but said that could change as the ice melts. Simon advises to always have a weather radio on hand, as those will notify you anytime the river exceeds flood levels.


Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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