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Bitterroot River closed near diversion dam

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 11 2014 03:05:30 PM MDT
HAMILTON, Mont. -

The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued an emergency closure for a section of the Bitterroot River near a diversion dam where a young girl drowned last year.
    
The emergency rule put in place Friday closes the river near Corvallis to all floating between the Woodside and Tucker Crossing fishing access sites because fast-moving water is making it difficult to portage around a diversion dam.
    
The Ravalli County search and rescue crews have already responded to at least two accidents this year. Several were reported last year. A 6-year-old girl drowned last June and a man and his sons were trapped in the backwater below the dam for nearly an hour last July 1 until they were rescued.
    
FWP says the order will be lifted when conditions for portaging around the dam improve.