Ice slabs in Nemadji River pose clogging risk for bridges, culverts

By KBJR News 1

April 12, 2014 Updated Apr 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Inches–thick slabs of ice are making the real possibility of the Nemadji River in Superior flooding more of a precarious situation.

Every year, the ever–changing river goes through periods of high and low water and occasional flooding, especially during the snow melt.

During the epic flooding of 2012, many bridges and culverts along the river either washed out or sustained damage from massive logs and trees ramming and clogging them.

This year, however, portions of the Nemadji still have sheets of thick, heavy ice on the surface.

Douglas County Emergency Management spokespeople have said those slabs, too, pose a significant clogging risk.

One low–lying bridge along Woodlawn Road, in particular, has been an area of concern for county officials in the past.

As of Saturday afternoon, the water was within feet of the bridge's underbelly.

Billy Wagness
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