The recent arctic blast has some wondering about Missouri River ice jam
By Beverly Perry, Weekend Meteorologist/Multimedia Journalist - email
PONCA, Neb. (KTIV) - The recent arctic blast has some wondering about the Missouri River ice jam.
Earlier this month, there was a threat of an ice jam due to solid ice cover near Ponca.
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief Of Water Management Jody Farhat say that there is no longer a threat and the ice is now stable.
"It's stable. This is actually a good condition. We would like to see that ice stay there for the rest of the winter. That would be a good thing to not have to go through the thaw and freeze again. And the water is moving underneath the ice now. The river stage downstream has recovered," said Jody Farhat, Chief of the Water Management Division.
Farhat says that with the warmer temperature at the end of the work week, it likely thaw the ice and the process will start all over again.
Farhat says the river is being monitored and the releases are being adjusted to ensure a reasonable water flow.
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