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With impending rain, ice and flooding are the worries

Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 11:18 AM CST
Reported by: Ewa Roman

HARRISBURG -- Around 7:30 Friday night, Harrisburg's fire chief Brian Enterline said he isn't expecting the Susquehanna River to flood.

The Susquehanna River floods at 17 feet and the fire chief says he and weather experts believe it will only rise to between 10 and 12 feet.

But he worries someone will make the mistake of walking on it and fall through.

Thursday, police in Middletown told CBS 21 News that they had to rescue someone who fell through the ice in the Swatara Creek.

Harrisburg Officials alerted CBS 21 to the ice jam on Thursday. That caused some nearby creeks to overflow. But one family was more worried about the ice breaking than the water overflowing. 

And later that night, as CBS 21 Chief Meteorologist Tom Russell was going live for the newscasts, the ice did break and it sounded like thunder sweeping up onto city island, pushing Tom and his photojournalist further away.

As the ice jam continued on parts of the river Friday, officials warned people to know not to go near it.

"The ice is beautiful to look at. However, when you get out on top of that ice, it's very unstable and as you look at it, you can't see the water moving underneath. When you fall through, you go in to the moving water and are swept away and the chances of finding you are slim to none," Enterline said.

The owners of Dockside Willies on the West Shore took precautions. They moved part of the restaurant to higher ground.

"The water we are not worried about, it's mostly the ice, and that's one of the reasons why the bar isn't there and we pulled out the one gazebo," Steve Tomberlain, general manager of Dockside Willies said. 

As the topic continues to be the cold, this time the ice, that still didn't impact business at Dockside Willies, which saw a full house Friday night.

The fire chief will continue to monitor this ice on the river and send out any alerts to media and the public if necessary.
With impending rain, ice and flooding are the worries

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