Minnesota Power Deactivates Emergency Action Plan

By KBJR News 1

Flooding in Thomson, MN

July 2, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Minnesota Power’s emergency action plan for high flows is no longer in effect at its generating stations and the majority of its reservoirs.

The company cites receding flood waters along the St. Louis River watershed as the reason behind the move.

The company expects to deactivate the plan for Island and Fish Lake reservoirs this weekend as conditions continue to improve.

During the flood event, the flow peaked at 55,000 cubic feet per second (approximately 25 million gallons per minute) at the company’s Fond du Lac Dam compared to normal levels between 2,000 and 5,000 cfs.

Water levels at Minnesota Power’s Island, Boulder, Whiteface, Fish and Rice Lake Reservoirs remain steady and are dropping slightly, allowing for the lowering of water levels running through the utility’s hydro system which in turn is lowering water levels downstream of its facilities.

Minnesota Power also reports that flows at generating stations, including those at Thomson and Fond du Lac dams, are dropping as well.