The water level at an ice jam on Catherine Creek, a half-mile east of Union, is nearing flood stage. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
North Union homes would be threatened
Little Creek, which runs north of Union, is nearing flood stage, possibly threatening a number of homes along it.
“It is high and muddy,” said Paul Phillips, the public works director for the City of Union.
Phillips said he is ready to begin bringing in sandbags to protect homes if Little Creek continues rising.
“We are ready to take action,” Phillips said.
The water level at an ice jam on Catherine Creek, a half-mile east of Union, is also nearing flood stage. It is threatening to spill over on to Highway 203, as it did on Jan. 28, which forced the road’s closure.
The ice jam above Union remains about 120 yards long and represents a serious flooding threat to Union. Officials fear that if it breaks up quickly, blocks of ice could break off and become lodged downstream in town, causing flooding.
This will not be a worry should temperatures rise gradually, allowing the ice jam to break up harmlessly.
“If the ice dissipates slowly and floats downstream, that would be ideal,” said J.B. Brock, the emergency services director for Union County.
Brock, Phillips and others are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. Between six and seven pallets of sandbags have been brought into Union to protect the city in the event of a flood. Meanwhile, officials are watching the situation pensively.
“We are continuing to monitor (the ice jam). That is really all we can do,” Phillips said.