- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

MARION, Ky. (AP) - The Cave-In-Rock Ferry between Kentucky and Illinois is expected to be closed for several days because of floating ice on the Ohio River.

Ferry operator Lonnie Lewis says the river is about 75 to 80 percent covered between the banks by a large mass of floating ice. The ice is moving, but the chunks are getting large enough to present a hazard to the ferry.

Lewis says it will take several days of above-freezing temperatures to allow the ferry to resume operations.

Lewis says several tow boat pilots that run the Ohio River near the ferry crossing have indicated this is the worst ice has been since about 1975.

The Cave-In-Rock Ferry connects Kentucky 91 with Illinois Route 1 between Crittenden County, Ky., and Hardin County, Ill.

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