Flood watch in effect for Allegheny River as ice jams continue breaking up



PITTSBURGH - Chopper 11 captured one-of-a-kind footage Tuesday afternoon as it flew over the Allegheny River while a massive ice jam broke up and floated away.

The video, which shows ice falling over lock and dam No. 3 in Cheswick, is good news for people who live along the river. However, those people are now concerned with flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Allegheny River, saying there could be possible ice jamming.

Several residents who live on the river in Sharpsburg and Arnold reported damage because of the ice.

“I came down here and the ice had come rushing down the river. It actually came up and busted the ramp,” said Spencer Schmeck. “The support bracket was completely shredded, demolished, crushed. It ripped right off the wood.”

Schmeck said he’s concerned with the rising river levels.

“I’m definitely worried when this all melts. I don’t know what the water levels are going to do. It’s going to be high,” Schmeck said.

Officials told Channel 11’s Vince Sims that they’ll be monitoring the situation closely.

Click here to see which counties are under a flood watch.