ALERT: Ice Jam Triggers Flooding in Cook Forest, Portion of River Road Closed

COOKSBURG, Pa. (EYT) – An ice jam on the Clarion River has caused flooding in Cook Forest forcing officials to close a portion of River Road.

As a result, at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a Flood Warning for the Clarion River in Cooksburg.

PennDot has subsequently closed a portion of River Road from Route 36 to Cemetery Road.

Officials are warning motorists to avoid this area and ask that they not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

The following message was released by the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh at 11:25 p.m. detailing the flooding:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN PENNSYLVANIA…

CLARION RIVER AT COOKSBURG AFFECTING CLARION…FOREST AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES

AT 1050 PM…CLARION COUNTY ADVISED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THAT AN ICE JAM WAS CAUSING WATER TO RISE OUT OF THE BANK OF THE CLARION RIVER ONTO RIVER ROAD NEAR THE STATE PARK ENTRANCE NEAR COOKSBURG. PENNDOT HAS CLOSED RIVER ROAD FROM NEAR HIGHWAY 36 TO CEMETERY ROAD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SAFETY MESSAGE…DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. THE WATER MAY BE DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR LATER DEVELOPMENTS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE CLARION RIVER AT COOKSBURG.
* UNTIL THURSDAY AFTERNOON…OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED.
* AT 11:00 PM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 13.1 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 13.0 FEET.
* IMPACT…AT 13.0 FEET…MACBETH CABINS FLOOD AND WATER REACHES RIVER NEAR THE STATE PARK OFFICE


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