Ice Jam Breaks Up in Colona

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UPDATE: The levee is no longer in immediate danger of breaching, as the ice jam on the Green River has released. The water levels continue to fall but remain above flood stage, according to Mat Schnepple, director of Emergency Management in Henry County.


ORIGINAL: Recent heavy rain and ice jams from the Green River are putting significant stress on the levee in Colona, Illinois.

A Flash Flood Watch was issued Tuesday night as river levels rose up near the top of the levee. If the water overtops the levee, many residents on the southwest side of Colona could be inundated.

WQAD News 8's Lauren Simone was at the scene, showing flooding and thick ice slabs that had washed up from the river.  The rising water is due to the heavy rains that poured down the last couple days.

Crews were on scene monitoring the levee.

The river rose up over eight feet in just 24 hours.