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Photo of Cabinet Gorge Dam by Brian Neitzke, taken at 2 pm June 10, 2011 Photo of Cabinet Gorge Dam by Brian Neitzke, taken at 2 pm June 10, 2011

Montana Flooding No Danger to Bonner County


(Sandpoint) – Rumors of a large dam failure in western Montana and imminent major flooding and evacuation in Bonner County are completely unfounded, Bonner County Director of Emergency Management Bob Howard said Friday. There was a breech in a small tertiary levee for a minor tributary of the Clark Fork River near Plains, Mont. on Tuesday which resulted in localized flooding in an undeveloped area. According to Avista, both the Cabinet Gorge Dam and Noxon Dam are functioning normally and they do not anticipate any concerns due to current water levels

Residents of eastern Bonner County do need to be aware of the still rising lake levels however. On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for Lake Pend Oreille at Hope beginning Saturday evening until further notice. Friday morning the stage was 2062.9 feet and flood stage is 2063.5 feet. The lake is forecast to rise slowly next week, reaching 2064.4 feet on Friday June 17th. Minor flooding is forecast with some erosional damage possible along the windward shore areas.


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