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Public to see increase in activity at Lac Qui Parle Dam

Published Oct. 29, 2016

UPDATED to reflect to correct the management of Highway 13 from the state to the county.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is investigating a sinkhole that developed yesterday on the western, downstream side of the Lac Qui Parle Dam embankment.

Water being passed through gates on that side of the dam has been stopped and crews will remove part of the earthen cofferdam in order to pass water from the eastern upstream-side of the dam. The cofferdam was previously constructed for a gate maintenance project, which was suspended last week due to excessive rains and high flows.

Also, a concrete slab on the western, downstream-side of the dam bridge will be removed, allowing inspectors greater access to the structure to determine the extent of the sinkhole.

Chippewa County highway department may also take measures to reduce or close traffic on Highway 13 in the vicinity.

Over the weekend, the public may also see an increase of flows downriver from the dam.

Despite this activity, the dam does not pose a threat to public safety. Corps staff are onsite and monitoring the status.

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