Ice jam on Western Pa. river prompts flood concern

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PARKER (AP) – Authorities in Western Pennsylvania have issued a flood warning for the Allegheny River in Armstrong and Clarion counties due to an ice jam that is causing minor flooding in Parker.


The National Weather Service says the ice jam is creating a backflow of water into the town of Parker. State Route 268, also called the Kittanning Pike, is flooded from Parker to Foxburg.


Forecasters say the ice is “stationary bank to bank at this time.” WPXI reports that two people were rescued in Parker early Sunday because the water was getting too close to a structure.


Officials said the river may fall below flood stage Monday afternoon.


Emergency dispatchers in Venango County say another ice dam upriver in Oil City hasn’t caused any flooding so far.


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