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Cedar Rapids Prepares for Ice Jams on Waterways

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids is preparing for the possibility of ice jams and flooding on local waterways as the weather begins to warm and thick ice begins to melt.

Key personnel from departments throughout the City met Friday to coordinate efforts and prepare to address any issues related to ice jams.

Ice jams occur when the weather warms up and the ice in the river begins to melt and break into pieces that float down the river. As large chunks of ice float downstream, they can pile up near narrow passages or obstructions such as bridges, forming an ice dam. Water that backs up behind ice dams can cause flooding upstream.

The Cedar River has had ice jams which caused road closures for five of the last 11 years.

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