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Forum staff reports, Published March 07 2013

Corps to begin reservoir drawdowns in the area

ST. PAUL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will begin the drawdown of four of its western area reservoirs to the maximum drawdown elevations in preparation of spring flooding forecast by the National Weather Service.

The corps’ drawdown plans include:

• Homme Dam near Park River, N.D., will be lowered to its maximum elevation of 1,064 feet by the end of March. The corps will begin the final portion of the drawdown at the reservoir today. The pool currently is at an elevation of 1,076 feet.

• Lake Traverse, near Wheaton, Minn., is targeted to reach its maximum drawdown elevation of 974 feet by the end of the month. The reservoir currently is 1 foot below the conservation level, with 2 feet remaining.

• Orwell Reservoir, near Fergus Falls, Minn., is targeted to reach its maximum drawdown elevation of 1,050 feet by the end of March. The reservoir currently is just above an elevation of 1,063 feet.

• Baldhill Dam, near Valley City, N.D., is targeted to reach its maximum drawdown elevation of 1,257 feet by the end of March. The corps initiated part of the drawdown in October 2012. The reservoir currently is just above an elevation of 1,262 feet.