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Associated Press, Published June 09 2013

Poplar residents in northeast Montana driving to Williston to get water

POPLAR, Mont. — Residents in the small town of Poplar on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeast Montana have been scrambling to find water after sediment clogged an intake system from the Missouri River.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that the town lost water pressure Friday afternoon and some residents have been driving about 75 miles to Williston, N.D., to get water.

The town's water comes from the Fort Peck Tribes’ Assiniboine & Sioux Rural Water Supply System.

Project Manager Tom Escarcega says rain has resulted in high water and increased sediment in the Missouri River that blocked water from flowing into the treatment center between Poplar and Wolf Point.

Tribal officials say water levels are receding and they hope to get the system working again, possibly by Sunday evening.