DISCUSSION: As temperature rose across parts of the north-central United States somewhat over the last 24 to 48 hours, some issues arose as a result. More specifically, with a sufficient amount of warm air in place, this led to problems for some people and many animals in and around the city of Hamilton, Montana. This warm air allowed for the weakening and destabilization of an ice jam which had been "clogging up" flow through part of Blodgett Creek which is located in far western Montana. As the ice jam broke apart and released this "blockage" in the flow, this created major havoc as tons of tree limbs, rocks, and other debris raced downstream through this particular creek. When ice jams break up anywhere and at anytime, they have the potential to do tremendous damage to both the creek and the surrounding landscape due to the increased potential for ambient soil erosion. Therefore, in order to stay out of harm's way, it is always best to avoid remaining in the path of a potential ice jam release (especially if there is a forecast for a potential ice jam which can therefore be avoided). Thus, "if ice is heading your way....it is never a good idea to hang around and stay!"
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