OZAUKEE COUNTY – Massive chunks of ice melting on the Milwaukee River are creating a huge ice jam in Ozaukee County.
Watching an ice jam very closely along Milwaukee River near Pioneer Road in Ozaukee County. River had 3rd highest crest on record at that location last night. Downstream locations in Mequon/Thiensville need to be on alert for flooding when jam breaks. pic.twitter.com/uZJD2JpTPs
— Brian Niznansky (@BNiznanskyTMJ4) February 27, 2018
Enormous chunks of ice coating the surface of the water were visible off Pioneer Road near Cedarburg.
A Flood Warning for the Milwaukee River near Cedarburg remains in effect by the National Weather Service.
— Ann Sterling (@AnnSterling) February 27, 2018
"We definitely keep our eyes on it, but it's been a long time since we've had to shut down because of it," said Sarah Friberg. She works at Fiddleheads Coffee Shop in Thiensville.
If the ice jam breaks upstream near Cedarburg, the water could rush downstream to Thiensville. If the jam holds, the water could continue to build upstream towards Saukville.
Employees at Fiddleheads already have the sandbags ready to go if the river rises. John Abbott lives in Thiensville. He's seen his share of flooding in this area.
"In the past the water would come up on Main Street here and they put sandbags out to keep the water out," Abbott said.
The National Weather Service said if it rains or snows Thursday, it could make this situation worse.
Ice Jams, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, Cedarburg, Milwaukee River, Flooding, flood