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Several agencies are continuing to watch local rivers closely for the impact of increased melting. Concerns are continuing to grow over ice jams and flooding due, in part, to ice depths that have reached around two feet in some places. That ice has begun to break up and move through waterways. Ice jams can lead to rapid water level changes. Today, the Green River has a lot of ice and high water, responsible for a levee breach this morning.

The levee failed at around 10:45 AM. Township supervisor Joe Swan lives around half of a mile from Colona, Illinois. By evening, his backyard resembled a river. He says he expects around six feet of water to fill his backyard by tomorrow afternoon. However, he says the nearby road is the major concern.

"It doesn't really hurt us much, but it impacts everyday travel for everybody, and it impacts just the convenience of using the road," he said. "This is a major thoroughfare that gets used quite a bit."

Swan says the problem will recur until the levee gets fixed.

"For this year, for sure," he said. "This is definitely the worst one, and probably the worst ice I've seen in a long time."

The Green River Road is also dangerous at this time. Swan says that thousands of cars pass on it every day, and that today's closure potentially prevented drivers from sliding into up to 10 feet of water. 

Damaging the road is another concern. The city resurfaced it already this year, but if it gets damaged again, Swan says it could cost around $100,000 to repair.

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