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Ice jam near drawbridge breaks

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:08 PM

The National Weather Service issued the watch Wednesday afternoon because water was backing up behind an ice jam near the drawbridge.

Ottawa County Emergency Management reported the ice jam developing on the river at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Water levels were rising in the areas upstream of the jam, and additional ice is coming down the river and packing into the ice jam, the weather bureau said.

Officials reported the jam broke overnight and water is flowing freely, said Brandon Hoving, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Recent snowmelt and rainfall have resulted in significant water level rises along the Grand River basin and upstream of the ice jam. Residents living along the river are advised to keep a close eye on the river levels.

Keep visiting grandhaventribune.com for updates on this and other weather warnings.

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