A mile-long ice jam on the Conococheague Creek near the Hagerstown/Antietam Battlefield Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday campground in Washington County, Md., is cause for some concern.
Judith Durham, who owns the campground with her husband, John, told Woodall’s Campground Mangement that the campground is closed this time of year and that the few work campers staying on higher ground are not in “harms way”.
Durham said that ice jams during this time of year can happen depending on the severity of the winter weather, with the last one occurring in 2014.
“They rarely do any damage,” said Durham.
With reservations open all year-round, Durham said that reservations for 2018 are “awesome so far” and that a number of improvements in 2017 were well received by guests last year.
“This year we have turned one of our cabins into a sweetheart cabin for two only,” she said. “It is a more remote cabin.”
According to the Herald-Mail, Washington County, Md., emergency-management officials have tried to get word to dozens of people living in a 100-year floodplain area northwest of Williamsport, warning them about the potential dangers of the ice jam.
“What concerns us is not knowing how that ice, how and when it will break up,” Emergency Manager Charlie Summers told the Herald-Mail.
Will it melt smoothly and go downstream, or will one of the ice dams break abruptly, causing water and ice to overrun roads, properties and cause additional flooding if the ice jams downstream, Summers said of the possibilities.
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