Flood warnings in parts of Colorado due to Ice Jams

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GRAND JUNCTION Colo. (KKCO)-- Concerns of the incoming storms isn’t the only weather hazard folks need to be worried about.

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Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield County are seeing flood warnings until Sunday all because of Ice Jams.

Warmer temps can cause chunks of ice to break off and can block the flow of water along rivers.

When the ice eventually melts or shifts, it can cause sudden flooding, which can be dangerous for anglers.

“If they are thinking about being along the rivers or in the rivers fishing, they need to be extra cautious, extra aware of potential releases and potential extreme changes in water levels and be able to move to safety when they see that." Says Ben Moyer, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service.

Try to avoid areas where you see a lot of floating ice on the river. If you happen to be near an area where an ice jam has released, try to find higher ground and call 911.

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