Dam gates opened Heavy rains prompt move

The rainstorm that hit Borderland earlier this week has brought water levels up, prompting Abitibi-Consolidated to open some flood gates on the dam here yesterday.
“We opened three yesterday and they’re still open today,” said John Harrison, the mill’s general manager. “We’ll watch the water levels. This is normal management practice.”
He noted the gates will remain open until water levels even out.
“As things start coming back in the mid-range of the [IJC] curve, we’ll start closing gates back off,” he remarked.
According to the U.S. National Weather Service in Duluth, a total of 4.7 cm (1.85 inches) of rain fell in International Falls over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.
Still, these numbers were far from record-setting. The record rainfall for one day in May here is 5.61 cm (2.21 inches) set on May 28, 1972.
Fort Frances wasn’t the only area affected this week. Kenora, for instance, was hit with record-breaking snowfall when 35.6 cm (14 inches) fell there Tuesday.
That beats the previous May record of 20.6 cm set on May 15, 1970.
The record snowfall for May in Fort Frances is 20.8 cm (8.19 inches), which was set on May 2, 1954.