Update on Minnesota Power Hydro Dam in Thomson

By KBJR News 1

Highway 210 through Thomson, MN is closed

July 2, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM CDT

Thomson, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota Power crews are assessing the damage to the canal in Thomson, MN after a part of s diversion canal was washed out due to Wednesday's torrential rains.

When flooding washed away a portion of a diversion canal, gushing water was diverted into Jay Cooke State Park. The park is temporarily closed as crews assess the damage and begin clean up efforts from the flash flooding of Wednesday's rains.

However, the integrity of the Thomson dam has not been compromised due to the flooding. Minnesota Power officials say that they are monitoring all their dams, to make sure they stay safe and stable.

Also, no homes were affected by the release of water from the washed out generating station and the public's safety was not at risk.

Officials say that the Thomson Dam as well as other dams along the St. Louis River are continuing to handle the heavy flows.

Minnesota Power crews will continue to update authorities and the public about the effects of the water moving through the system and the integrity of its dams.

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