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The rock-riffle structures that have replaced seven of the eight low-head dams on the Red River still hold back water to create deeper upstream pools. But instead of spilling over the dam in a steep vertical drop — in turn creating the dangerous roller currents — the water descends on a gradual slope over boulders placed in strategic rows downstream.
High water levels that caused record flooding along the Missouri River in 2011 did bring a small consolation: Electric power generation from the river's six upstream dams was above average for the first time in a dozen years.
The three tunnels are used for overflow. The Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing record amounts of water through the dam and others on the river because of excessive spring snowmelt and rain, and the regulatory tunnels were put into use about 2 ½ months ago.
The Souris River is expected to rise again in Minot but City Manager David Waind says evacuations are not being considered. National Weather Service hydrologist Alan Schlag says he's "a bit nervous" about conditions in the Souris River basin.
On June 1, nearly two decades after Congress called for full restoration of the river and its fish runs, federal workers will turn off the generators at Elwha Dam on Washington's Olympic Peninsula and set in motion the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.
The first phase of a $1.8 million renovation of a dam six miles uphill from Kathryn was supposed to have been completed months ago to protect the town from flooding. But officials said a Minnesota company hired to do the work had not done anything since December.
Dams can do much to help provide flood protection, but they offer an impressive sight when their design accommodates floodwater that can no longer be held back. Open the article link, then look down the page for videos.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it will increase the amount of water being released from Baldhill Dam today and again on Sunday or Monday, pushing the Sheyenne River here to record levels. City officials are meeting with the corps this morning to discuss what action, if any, will be taken to handle the additional water, which may include raising levees, City Administrator Jon Cameron said.
The Des Lacs River's slow decline took the pressure off a fragile dam and the people who live nearest it, with most of the evacuees in a 30-home development filtering back home to turn their attention to cleanup and flooded basements.
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