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The Army Corps of Engineers says hurried repairs this summer at the Howard Hanson Dam have lessened the chances the Green River will flood this winter to 1-in-25. This is a sharp decrease in chances from the previous 1 in 4 estimated by the engineers.

Corps district commander Col. Anthony Wright has said that to avoid further damage to the abutment, there is a 25 percent chance he might have to release enough water this winter to flood much of the valley. He says he will do everything possible to operate the dam without flooding anybody. “But I’m not going to endanger the lives of the people downstream by storing too much water before we get this dam fixed,” Wright said.

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