Jun 21, 2012 at 7:29 am
DULUTH, MN (AP) - Minnesota Power says its dams along the St. Louis River leading into Duluth and Superior, Wis., are holding well.
Utility spokeswoman Amy Rutledge tells the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/NU7MIp) there are no problems with any of the four dams along the lower river _ including the Fond du Lac, Thomson, Scanlon and Knife Falls dams. She adds, ''the system is designed to handle this kind of flood and more.''
She says the stream flow at the Fond du Lac Dam has rocketed tenfold from the usual 2,000 to 5,000 cubic feet per second to 47,000.
The utility has opened dam gates to prevent floods upstream. That caused the river to rise rapidly in the Fond du Lac neighborhood, as it often has in the past, and inundate riverfront areas there.
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