Ice jams break up on Grand River

Ice jamming behind a bridge on the Grand River in Grand Rapids at Riverside Park. (March 20, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ice that began to jam behind bridges on the Grand River Thursday morning in Grand Rapids caused some worries of minor flooding, but by noon, the jams started to break up.

One jam occurred near Riverside Park, and as it broke up, a number of people came out to take photos of the ice as it raced downstream.

Joe Huddleston was one of the people who showed up at the park.

“Well, just over here taking pictures. Checking this all out,” he said. ”They were saying (the river is) going to be rising really quick here, so I wanted to come down here and take pictures and check it out.”

Pat Klatt was also at the park Thursday. She said she leaves her insurance office every day to have lunch at the river.

“It’s a great place to get away from the office and relax,” she said. “But this doesn’t look so relaxing.”

Thursday, the river looked quite a bit different than normal, and Klatt’s car was parked not far from the water as the giant pieces of ice floated by.

It makes me a little nervous, actually,” she said, as she checked to make sure she was safe where she parked.

When ice has jammed on the Grand River near Riverside Park in the past, the backed-up water upstream has at times caused flooding on Abrigador Trail in Plainfield Township. But as of Thursday evening, the ice was still flowing downstream, and the flood-prone area was dry.

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