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Local ice jams cause potential for floods

Ice jams are causing flooding concerns along the Delaware River, with a flood watch in effect until Sunday.

In Smithfield Township, people who live and work along the river said water levels appeared to be at their highest this year on Wednesday.

They said although the river has spilled over its banks in some areas, they aren't worried about major flooding yet.

"The water was a little high at the Bushkill boat launch...but the water had receded a lot," said David Vonderheide of Smithfield Township.

In 1996, floodwaters broke up an ice jam in the Delaware Water Gap and caused major flooding downstream in Riegelsville, New Jersey and into Bucks County. 

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