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Storm runoff fills Fresno


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Much of Montana is seeing rampant flooding because of the five-day rain and snowstorm in the past week, but Fresno Dam succeeded in serving its dual purpose.

The dam, built in the 1930s by the federal Bureau of Reclamation to store water for irrigation and provide flood control, kept billions of gallons of storm water from rushing down the Milk River in the last few days.

The low level of Fresno Reservoir due to the drought was actually a benefit, said Tim Felchle, hydrologist for the Bureau of Reclamation. It permitted Fresno to stop a lot of extra water.

"We were pretty fortunate and pret...

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