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Reclamation Warns of Changing Ice Conditions

Media Contact: Patience Hurley, (701) 221-1204,

For Release: January 27, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is advising the public to take precautions and be aware of rapidly changing ice conditions at all reservoirs in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Winter snowpack melting due to warmer than normal temperatures has increased water inflows enough to cause rapid shifts in ice conditions.

"Changing water elevations and increased runoff create dangerous areas of thin ice creating unsafe conditions for individuals recreating on the rivers and lakes," said Dakotas Area Office Manager David Rosenkrance. "These fluctuating water elevations change ice conditions without prior warning."

For more information, please contact Patience Hurley at 701.221.1204.

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