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Ice Jam Leaves Behind Impressive Display On Allegheny River

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – The pent up Allegheny had returned to a hasty flow by midday Monday, after the ice jamming it had broken up and moved down stream or pushed to the East Brady banks.

It left behind a display impressive even to the locals.

“This one is pretty good,” said Rob Hartel of Petrolia. “Last year, we hardly had any ice, you know.”

As East Brady breathed a sigh of relief, ice caused the water to rise in Reedsdale.

“I’d say about 3 feet so far,” said Sally Fiscus of Reedsdale.

Fiscus was still watching water rise near her home in the Reedsdale area.

“A big concern because I’m in a flooding zone,” said Fiscus, “and if it keeps backing, I’m in real trouble. Could be right in my house.”

But even in Reedsdale, the flow of the Allegheny was cutting through the ice, reducing the risk by the hour.

“I’ve seen it worse, but it’s cleaning up pretty good,” said Gary Sprague of New Kensington.

In Arnold, Sprague says the amount of ice Monday is a fraction of what it was Sunday, but impressive no less.

“Kind of in awe,” he said. “The power of the ice and the water going down the river, just, literally how it tears the land and rips the docks.”

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