The recent spell of warmer weather has made ice on the Mouse River more dangerous.
Duane Anderson of Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge says continued releases from Lake Darling Dam, coupled with the slow melting that's happening now, will make the ice treacherous in some areas.
(Duane Anderson, Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge) "It's been kind of dangerous all winter long and right now it's going to get worse because we've lost a lot of ice downstream from the dam and all those coffer dams in Minot. We've got 70 CFS running through the system now and that can kind of keep the ice pretty thin and open in a lot of areas."
Anderson says the releases that have been going on all winter have kept the river from forming solid ice in many places, and the warmer temperatures only make the ice less stable.