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Maintenance work at Gavins Point causes changes

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Maintenence work at Gavins Point power plant will cause water to be diverted through the dam's spillway through mid-summer. Maintenence work at Gavins Point power plant will cause water to be diverted through the dam's spillway through mid-summer.
NEAR YANKTON, S.D. (KTIV) - Maintenance at a Siouxland power plant and dam is causing a shake-up.

Electrical, equipment and pipe work that began Wednesday at Gavins Point power plant has shifted the release of water.
   
Water normally runs through three generators in the powerhouse before entering the Missouri River.
   
However, the work in the 59-year-old power plant will push the plant down to one generator by next week.
   
As a result, two-thirds of the water from the Missouri River will run through the spillway until the work is completed.

"We have to divert a lot of the water away from the power plant and run it through the spillway, so we can still run enough water downstream to meet the needs of communities like Yankton, Sioux City, Omaha and so forth," said operations project manager David Becker.

With the water running through the spillway, there has been some concern over flooding on the Missouri River.
   
However, officials want people to know that the same amount of water is being released into the river.

"We're not running any more water through the river. We're not looking at any flood concerns right now or at this point in time of the year," said Becker.

The plant provides electricity to 75,000 people in the Siouxland area.
   
Project officials expect the work to be completed by mid-summer.

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