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Published March 16, 2010, 08:35 AM

Ice jams cause overland flooding in Norman County

Ada, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Norman County is dealing with some severe overland flooding, but what's causing the flooding this year, is a bit odd.

This is the last ice jam to clear up in Norman County. For days crews have been working non stop to keep the water flowing. Officials say this ice is what's caused all the overland flooding.

"River levels without ice would be in minor flood stage, but with ice jams made it to moderate and now on west side starting to hit some major levels."

Ruud says that's nothing new, calling this a calm year. No evacuations, no stranded vehicles, just busy backhoes busting through the ice.

"Hit the right piece the whole thing will take off and move all by itself and you won’t have to work too hard. Other times, you work and work and work and nothing happens."

Ice chunks, some 20 inches thick, actually floated their way around this bridge and rested on State Highway 200, just East of Ada. Something people who live in this area say they've never seen.

"I believe it was shut down for about 2 days, the DOT came out and barricaded the road off. That's the first time I've ever seen ice come on to the highway like that."

Ruud says with most of the snow gone, they can now sit back and enjoy the spring weather. All of the ice still needs to make it by Hendrum, but Ruud says ice rarely jams in that area.