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Vermilion police warn of potential flooding due to expected forecast

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 22:03:56-05

VERMILION, Ohio — An ice breaker started running on the Vermilion river on Saturday in preparation for possible flooding. Vermilion police issued a flood warning for folks living on Riverside Drive and the low lying areas earlier in the week.

A warm up is expected in the area after the arctic blast that has occurred.

This came a week after an ice jam forced nearly a dozen people from their homes as water nearly swallowed homes, and left mounds of ice piles taller than mailboxes.

The ice still has not melted, which Police Chief Chris Hartung said will make potential flooding even worse.

"When those waters start flowing through those areas, then you combine it with additional ice, that’s really where the hazard is," he said.

Police said those conditions could cause potential flooding Monday through Wednesday.

Officials strongly recommend people that experienced last week's flooding to have a plan in place just in case it happens, and better yet, evacuate for the weekend.

The city plans to run its ice breaker on the river on Sunday to prevent another ice jam.

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Police had to rescue 11 people and three dogs from their homes.