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Ice Storm Devastates Trees and Shuts Down Refuge
Midwest Region, December 11, 2007
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Weather conditions in December at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge devastated trees and shut down the refuge for a good portion of the month.  A severe ice storm coated trees and roads December 11 & 12 with more than 2 inches of ice.  As a result, limbs and branches of silver maple, cottonwood and other trees and shrubs splintered and broke off causing damage to the refuge woodlands.  The refuge auto tour route was closed for 6 days before all of the debris could be pushed off of the road and overhanging branches trimmed.  In addition, the entire refuge complex was without power and office closed from Monday evening,  December 10 to mid-day on Saturday, December 15.  The total snowfall for the month was a record 17 1/2 inches and was the 2nd wettest December on record.  A total of 4.3 inches of precipitation was recorded compared to the record 4.57 inches in December 1944.   

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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