Flooding forces two power plants to shut down

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA - Flooding on the Missouri River is forcing two electric power plants in western North Dakota to shut down. But Gov. John Hoeven says it won't cut off power to customers.

Hoeven says the Leland Olds and Coal Creek power plants are shutting down because the Garrison Dam is not releasing water.

The power plants need a certain river level to take in Missouri River water used to make steam and power the plant's turbines.

The dam cut off its water releases to ease flooding downstream in Bismarck.



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