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Drop 5 Nearing Completion, Water Expected to be Flowing Soon


September 30, 2020

It's been 19 weeks since the catastrophic Drop 5 failure on the Milk River Diversion. Work is nearly done on the Drop 5 repairs and the final work is being completed at the beginning of the diversion. Pictures above is the Drop 1 site. "Reclamation did a project like this on Drop 3 and it has held up very well. Drop 1 walls should be poured towards the end of next week and then the top of the walls will be our last pour maybe on the 7th or 8th (of October). At this point we can turn on the water," stated Project Manager, Jennifer Patric.

After the complete failure of Drop 5 this past May, repairs have been done in earnest to get water flowing back to those that rely on the St. Mary's diversion for essential operations. In the 19 weeks since crews have been working diligently to get the job done. Work on Drop 2 and Drop 1 was done in this time as well and was previously scheduled prior to the Drop 5 failure. The diversion is essential to irrigators downstream of Fresno Reservoirs as well as more than 18,000 people in the Havre, Chinook and Harlem communities.

Milk River Irrigation Project Joint Board of Control Project Manag...

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