MASSENA — The gates at Long Sault Dam are scheduled to be opened at 7:01 a.m. today, to spill excess water in the St. Lawrence River. This spill will result in rapidly changing river flows and potentially unsafe ice conditions downstream of the dam and along the South Channel of the river. Members of the public, including those ice fishing on the river or channel, should be alert to rapidly changing ice conditions and should stay off the ice.
■ A warning siren at the Long Sault Dam will sound just prior to the start of spilling and before any flow changes through the dam. Temporary signs will be posted along various locations near the South Channel to inform the public that water is being released from the Long Sault Dam.
Members of the public should:
■ Use caution on the river.
■ Keep back a minimum of 800 feet from the Long Sault Dam spillway and Robert Moses Power Dam, both on the upstream and downstream side.
■ Be aware of changing river conditions and strong currents.
Spilling activities could take place through March 23.
For more information on water flows visit: http://ijc.org/en_islrbc.
For more information on marine conditions, visit the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System website: http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/.