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February 21, 2014

UPDATED: Eel River ice jam forces rescue, evacuations

EMA director: 'Very dangerous situation'

UPDATE 5:36 P.M.

The ice jam along the Eel River between Spencer Park and Riverside Park broke around 4 p.m. Friday. Emergency responders briefly closed several bridges across the Eel River while the rapidly moving ice chunks and water cleared the area.

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One Cass County official says the rising Eel River is creating "a very dangerous situation" that continues to develop as Logansport experiences its second ice jam in two weeks, forcing a boat rescue and several home evacuations.

Cass County Emergency Management Agency Director Alvin Beckman said the ice jam currently spans from Spencer Park to Riverside Park, forcing the Eel River to rise in the area to about 11 feet.

"The waters are just rising like you wouldn't believe," Beckman said.

Residents north of High Street and south of Perrysburg Road on the east side of town are urged to be cautious of the rapidly rising river level.

High Street remains closed Friday afternoon between East Roselawn Drive to Mall Road, where Logansport and Cass County employees fill sandbags.

Beckman said Logansport firefighters deployed its boat to rescue a woman from a house on the north end of Parkwood Drive, which quickly became surrounded by 16 to 18 inches of water.

Water crept toward other houses in the area as well and could be found partway up one house's driveway on Parkwood Drive Friday afternoon.

Beckman said houses north of the river on Perrysburg Road are in danger as well and that some residents had to be evacuated from that area Friday.

"The river is out of its banks and impacting housing on both the north and south sides," Beckman said.

The incident comes about two weeks after an ice jam on the Wabash River that broke up and headed west into Carroll County before causing any flooding.

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