DAM DAMAGE: On Thin Ice

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning people to stay off an eastern Iowa lake for the rest of the season because of a damaged dam that is causing dangerous conditions.

The DNR wants people to stay off Cedar Lake in Chickasaw County. 

Officials say a hydraulic hose broke on the lake’s dam this week. The severed hose forced one gate to open, letting water spill out. 

Our sister station, KWWL reports that about a dozen crews are working in the cold to repair the hose but the release of water creates an uncertainty about weak spots in the ice. 

Mayor John Phyfe is cautious of the dangers, “Of course the ice has a tendency to fall down, crack, break, people get out there, they could go in.”

Officials do expect the ice to settle but don’t want to take any chances of weak spots.

This comes a day after an Army Corps warning to stay off Saylorville Lake. 

The US Army Corps of Engineers says even though it’s been cold and water levels are low, there is only a thin layer of ice on the water making it dangerous for anyone who attempts to go out on the ice.

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