Rockford, Iowa Dam To Be Removed


ROCKFORD, IA – The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin announced that the Rockford Mill Dam will be removed after nearly 142 years of providing service to southwest Floyd county.

Rockford, in which the Shell Rock River flows through, originally constructed the dam in 1872. Over time, the dam has suffered major damage on several occasions over its history. An assessment was conducted in 2010 stated that the dam was on the brink of failure, and would be need to be removed. Now that funding is available and multiple meetings, planning sessions, water and animal surveys, and requests for both federal and state permits have been completed, the dam is in the process of being permanently removed.

Work is expected to begin in late January with demolition and removal happening during the month of February.

Water levels are said to be lowered about a foot per day starting the week of January 27. As water levels continue to go down upstream of the dam, ice conditions will begin to be more hazardous in some places as the ice is left suspended above the retreating water surface. Below the dam, water levels may go up slightly for a time as the water is released. This is also a concern for ice downstream of the dam as well.

If you have any recreational interests along the Shell Rock River in the Rockford area, the National Weather Service in La Crosse says extreme caution is recommended. Please obey all signage and safety barricades, and stay out of construction areas.

If you would like more information, please contact Floyd County Conservation. A webcam has been setup so that you can monitor activities at the dam site. You can find this online at

Information via NWS La Crosse


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Henry Luker was born and continues to live in Clear Lake, Iowa, a small town of just over 8,000 people located near Mason City, Iowa. He has been interested in weather his entire life. He was the only one interested in weather at a young age, from kindergarten to where he is now. Henry’s interest in weather increased over the years and brought him to form “Henry’s Severe Weather Center,” serving North Central Iowa for over a year before rebranding to “Iowa’s Severe Weather Center.” Henry has spent nights covering severe weather over the area and has one mission of keeping Iowan’s informed and safe. He later met with some other colleagues in the business and collaborated to finally form and founder the “Iowa Weather Network.” He has since met multiple others interested in the field and helped him pursue his passion and goal, while also remaining very good friends. Henry currently designs and builds websites for many people locally and has become a well known webmaster within the community. While not working or covering weather, he enjoys spending time with his friends, tinkering around with various technological items, or watching/playing basketball. In the future Henry plans to either go into meteorology, graphic design, or Information Technology and hopes to attend either Iowa State University or the University of Oklahoma.

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