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Ice jam on Pennsylvania river raises flooding fears

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 00:51

Feb. 24 - The Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania is completely frozen, prompting a flood warning for surrounding communities. Linda So reports.

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It's an impressive sight. The Allegheny River in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania completely frozen from an ice jam. It's turned into a tourist attraction for hundreds. SOUNDBITE: LEE DILLON, RESIDENT, SAYING: "There's people that have never seen this in their lifetime in Parker, so they came down here to check it out." These two deer are also drawing a lot of attention. They've been trapped on the frozen river with no way out. The ice is too unstable to rescue them. SOUNDBITE: RYAN KEMERY, RESIDENT, SAYING: "There's no way they can get off there. Unless you got a way to helicopter them out there, there's nothing you can do for them." The massive ice jam is prompting flooding concerns for nearby communities. If the large chunks of ice melt too quickly, it could cause a big mess. SOUNDBITE: ERIC VENSON, RESIDENT, SAYING: "Eventually, you'd like to have a slow warm up, a little bit of water to slowly keep breaking the ice up so it does go down, but not all at one time." A warm up has melted some of the ice causing flooding along roads, and in several neighborhoods.

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Ice jam on Pennsylvania river raises flooding fears

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 00:51