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LIBBY — The cold, wet spring is creating the possibility of major flooding on the Kootenai River and its tributaries in Montana and Idaho.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is creating additional storage space by dramatically lowering the reservoir behind Libby Dam, to some 100 feet below its capacity.

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Snowpack in the Kootenai River Basin ranges from 128 percent to 153 percent of normal this year, and major flooding is possible. The Army Corps says the reservoir could rise up to eight feet per day next month.

They are warning residents of the region to be prepared if waters rise quickly.

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