Weary Oregon National Guardsmen kept watch today as the Snake River's worst ice jam in 28 years continued to expand.
At Ontario, Ore., flooding stabilized along the Snake River at the Idaho-Oregon border, but a 35-mile-long ice jam appeared to be growing, and National Guardsmen stood ready to evacuate more people.
"The water is down in some places and up in others," National Guard Capt. Theo Moore said today. "The way it's acting, the jam has moved up river farther."
Eight families were helped from their homes Saturday night, more left on their own and some were ready to leave if necessary, Moore said. Guardsmen in vehicles patrolled the river banks during the night.