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Hungry Horse Dam Back On

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HUNGRY HORSE - Water passes through the Hungry Horse Dam Monday after it was shut off over the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) out of Missoula says on Saturday, the Flathead River got up to 13.8 feet at its deepest point. That's not even three inches away from flood stage, when low lying homes and farmlands start getting hit with rising water. They had to keep water back behind the dam so the level wouldn't go any higher.

Even though the North and Middle Forks keep going up and up because of snow melt, the Flathead River near Columbia Falls is on the downswing now.

"This is a delicate dance here between outflow from a dam and then how much snow melt we're having and that sort of thing, so we're in constant contact with all sorts of people," explained LeeAnn Allegretto, a meteorologist with the NWS.

Allegretto says they want to keep the dam going so they can fill Flathead Lake by the first week in June.

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