Conservancy: Heads up for possible ice jam break on Roaring Fork River |

Conservancy: Heads up for possible ice jam break on Roaring Fork River

Staff report

The Roaring Fork Conservancy is warning people not to be in and immediately adjacent to the Roaring Fork River in coming days because of a possible ice jam break with warming temperatures.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to all things water-related in the Roaring Fork watershed asked the National Weather Service and Pitkin County Emergency Management to issue an advisory about a possible ice jam break between Friday evening and Tuesday, according to Christina Medved, the conservancy’s director of community outreach.

Ice builds up on the river during cold stretches. When temperatures warm, it breaks up and sends a torrent of ice, water and debris downstream. It typically happens every winter and usually more than once.

“The anchor ice could release slowly, over a few hours or days, or large slabs of ice could release at once,” Medved said via email.

The conservancy doesn’t want anglers or other people enjoying the river to get caught unaware.



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