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Published December 09, 2011, 10:38 AM

ND resort can't make snow due to low Mo. River

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A popular ski area south of Bismarck-Mandan is having problems making snow because of the low Missouri River.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A popular ski area south of Bismarck-Mandan is having problems making snow because of the low Missouri River.

Flooding last summer washed away the pump station feeding Huff Hills, and the resort built a new station 30 feet father back from the river. The river has now dropped below 4 feet, and resort owner Jim Beck tells The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/rxTRK8 ) that at that level the resort can't draw water to make snow. He says the resort's reservoir will be empty in about 30 hours of snowmaking.

The Army Corps of Engineers has been under pressure to lower reservoirs on the river to guard against a repeat of major flooding next year. The corps plan is to drop the river until it freezes and then begin increasing Garrison Dam releases.

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