Wednesday, December 21, 2005
A cold start to December and more water than normal in the Mississippi River have resulted in the formation of an ice jam between the Coon Rapids dam and St. Anthony falls in Minnesota.
The ice began forming just below the Coon Rapids dam around December 5 when the colder than normal temps arrived in Minnesota. As the ice moved downstream it began accumulating around the 610 Bridge. So far no property has been threatened, but some boat docks and lifts have been damaged or destroyed. Residents who live along the river are asked to monitor the river and ice conditions and alert local officials if the water begins to threaten property. DNR officials are advising everyone to stay off the Mississippi as the water and ice conditions will change rapidly when the weather warms up later this week.