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By Rachel Jamieson
Havre Daily News 

Impact and cost of St. Mary Diversion failure still being assessed


Water flows through a collapsed drop structure in the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works. Photo by Marko Manoukian

As Milk River water users have been warning for decades will happen, the 100-year-old system that supplies much of the water in the river has suffered a catastrophic failure.

A concrete drop structure on the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance work washed out and collapsed Sunday.

St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group Co-Chair and Montana State University Phillips County Extension Agent Marko Manoukian said Drop 5, which is one of five drops on the St. Mary's project up near Babb and is the last full drop before water enters into the Milk River, failed Sunday afternoon.

"Water delivery from t...

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