Warmer weather has communities on river watch

Rocky River Ice-floes and flooding dangers
Flooding begins near the Chagrin River. (Source: WOIO)
Flooding begins near the Chagrin River. (Source: WOIO)
The Vermilion River flooding a road on Wednesday. (Source: WOIO)
The Vermilion River flooding a road on Wednesday. (Source: WOIO)

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - As temperatures rise, so does the risk of ice jams and flooding from area rivers. Communities are watching and preparing for the potential of flooding.


Emergency responders say ice jams on the Chagrin River continues to force water through the Willoughby Hills community between I-90 and Route 6 in the vicinity of Eagle Road.

Willoughby Hills fire officials say they assisted around six people with evacuations from the rising Chagrin River late Wednesday. 

It was all voluntary and they knocked on the doors in the area to inform residents what was happening.

The river is currently at 15 feet, up from 14 feet Wednesday. Several streets are affected, including Chagrin Drive, Trailard Drive, Dodd Road and Milann Drive.


The Vermilion River has dropped 6 inches overnight and there has been no movement of the ice. Police officials said there has been no evacuations.

Mill Hollow Metro Park officials said the park remains closed at the Northridge Road entrance and there is minimal flooding.


The city is monitoring the Yacht Club basin and the Rocky River. Rising temperatures are leading to ice breaking in the river.

Due to swift water and warming temperatures, the huge ice jam that was on the river Thursday has melted. But the flood threat remains for the lagoon and the Yacht Club. Lakewood officials have warned residents to be ready to evacuate.


In Painesville, no evacuations or roads closed due to the Grand River.


Coast clear so far for those living near the Cuyahoga River. Independence Police said they have no current flooding or road closures. 


The Erie County Sheriff's Department said the Huron River is at 19 feet as of 8 a.m. Friday and have minor flooding, but no roads have been closed and there has been no evacuations. Officials said no ice dams have broken loose and they are monitoring river levels.

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