Chagrin River ice jam clear; city officials monitoring situation

EASTLAKE, Ohio - The ice jam on the Chagrin River in Eastlake has cleared.. 

After an initial clog this morning, it started breaking free and flowing early Friday afternoon. Eastlake's fire chief said that he hopes the rain will help the ice break up and flow to the lake.

Officials said that would be good news for nearby neighborhoods if the the ice flowed out to Lake Erie before heavy rain starts Saturday evening.

However, around 1:30 p.m. the large ice flow jammed up at the Chagrin River Bridge on Lakeshore Boulevard near Trader Jack's restaurant.

The restaurant was not affected.

But with heavy rain on the way and the ground saturated from recent snow melt, fire officials are keeping a close eye on the changing weather conditions.

Eastlake Fire Chief Ted Whittington said city workers are busy clearing catch basins, and residents are advised to move items in their basements and garages to higher ground.

If evacuations are needed this weekend, the city will activate its reverse 911.

Right now, the fire chief hopes that isn't needed especially if the ice jam breaks free and flows out to the lake.

As of 6 p.m., the ice started flowing slowly again.

The ice jam on the Chagrin River broke free because the river is open at its mouth.

The large ice flow is moving freely into Lake Erie.

Meanwhile on the Cuyahoga River in Valley View the fire department said flood stage is 17 feet, and that the river is expected to reach 15.2 feet by noon on Sunday.

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