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Ice Jam Flooding Danger Passes

A lot of people around the region are breathing a little easier after major ice jam flooding failed to materialize. But worries remain that the threat of flooding may soon return.

 Along lower Elk Creek, the water rose rapidly Saturday at Uncle John's Elk Creek Campground. There was a lot of worry the rising water would flood the popular campground. But luckily the ice jam broke free on Sunday.

 Campground owner John Puline says the water nearly went over the banks into his campground. Workers and campers were preparing the move them when the jam finally broke free. But even though the threat is over for now, Puline worries that the remaining ice could cause another jam.

 He said, "You can see the ice, how it is built up here. Now if it is not blown out onto the lake and we get another freeze this will build up again. We will have more ice to continue downstream here."

 Now one of the biggest worries was along the Allegheny River in Oil city. Crews kept a close watch on the river over the weekend, but no major flooding was reported.

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