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ICE JAM REPORT 1-27-13

The past few days of warmer temperatures have certainly caused changes in the ice jams clogging the Salmon River but according to observations, residents must still be alert to potential flooding conditions.

Three weeks of subzero temperatures caused the Deadwater Ice Jam on the Salmon River to grow to a length of 25 miles and come close to the Lemhi River confluence just north of town.

The Deadwater Ice Jam has now receded to the vicinity of the Carmen Bridge where it is still solidly packed. A channel has opened about two and a half miles below the Carmen Bridge which should relieve potential flooding of fields in that area but overall, the jam is still solid with the ice piled high in the North Fork area. No flooding has reached Highway 93 North.

There is also an ice jam on the Lemhi River that is about one hundred yards long and it is slowly moving down towards the confluence with the Salmon River. As of Sunday it was located just above the QB Plant. The ice that had built up around the bridge at Tendoy has cleared.

The recent warm weather has definitely opened some channels but it is too early to say the ice jam is actually going out. Even though February could bring more cold temperatures the angle of the sun and length of days will help a gradual retreat and that is the best scenario.

In the meantime, residents along the Salmon and Lemhi Rivers need to keep track of the ice jam conditions.


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