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3/07/2008

Ice jams cause record flooding on the Rock River

Illinois, USA
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This aerial photo shows an ice jam on the Rock River at the Veterans Memorial Bridge at Carr’s Crossing in Moline. The jam caused flash flooding that forced the evecuation of residential neighborhoods in Moline, Coal Valley and Milan on Thursday.
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Mother Nature's whims sent the Rock River to RECORD HIGH LEVELS in the Quad-Cities area Thursday, forcing people from their homes and Rock Island County to declare a state of emergency. At least one ice jam formed late Wednesday or early Thursday, causing the already swollen waterway to rise quickly. Area fire departments scrambled to launch boats to evacuate stranded residents. "We actually had power poles taken down by the ice." Area officials said Thursday that they cannot destroy the jams, and the blockages will have to break up on their own. That means no one can really predict when the flooding will be over and people can return to their homes. The river hit 16.38 feet at Moline at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, breaking a record set in 1973
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