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Efforts to shore up dam upriver from Kathryn, N.D., seem to be working

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UPDATED 5:20 p.m.

KATHRYN, N.D. - Efforts to remove pressure from an eroding dam near here appear to be working, said the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Blackhawk helicopters and a Chinook helicopter have been dropping 1,000-pound sandbags on a corner of the dam at Clausen Springs to divert water from the emergency spillway, which is rapidly eroding.

An excavator removed brush and trees to steer the water away from the spillway.

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