TRF dam spillways in full operation

    The city of Thief River Falls announced Wednesday, Feb. 22 that, due to the high volume of water caused by early snow melt, the condition of the ice on the Red Lake River upstream from the dam is rapidly deteriorating.
    Thief River Falls Electric Superintendent Dale Narlock said the dam spillways are in full operation for the safety of the dam and to prevent flooding for upstream landowners.
    “We must keep all spillways operating to control the rise of the river. High Landing is at flood stage now. Red Lake has reduced its output at the dam to assist with concerns regarding ice jams on the river. However, the unusual, early warming has created strong flows, undermining the ice sheet,” said Narlock. “Ice is never safe, but right now, we recommend no one travel on the ice.”
    Narlock said ice houses should be removed immediately and extreme caution should be observed while doing so.