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Corps of Engineers to increase flow from Lac qui Parle Dam

ST. PAUL — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the outflow from the Lac qui Parle Dam this week because of excessive rainfall.

The dam is located near Watson.

The area recorded more than 5 inches of rain in September and an additional 2 inches already in October.

The Corps increased outflow to 2,500 cubic feet per second late last month and will continue to increase the flow to keep the pool below the emergency spillway.

The outflow was increased to 3,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday, and will be increased to 3,500 Wednesday and 4,000 Thursday.

Each day the Corps will re-evaluate basin conditions, including adjusting for any additional rainfall, before increasing outflow.

The pool is currently at an elevation near 937 feet with about 4 feet of storage in the pool.

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