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Snake Creek Pumping Plant Construction

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At one point in time, the six story Snake Creek Pumping Plant was one of the tallest buildings in the state.

And after almost 40 years of service, the plant was in desperate need of a makeover.

The building structure became so bad, the idea to repair was no longer an option.

Now as construction begins, Gary Brode tells us what future holds for the plant.

For years, the Snake Creek Pumping Plant has pumped water from Lake Sakakawea into Lake Audobon.

But time has taken a toll on the facility...

(Scott Jacobson, Engineer, Construction Project) "The brick itself was deteriorating from the inside out. We were getting rust. Some of the brick was spauling. We were having water leaks in the building. Conduit embedded in the walls, that has deteriorated as well."

Pumping into Audobon concluded in late May and can not resume until renovations are complete.

Members of Reclamation know being unable to pump water will lead to some issues, but nothing the engineers can't handle.

(Marty Malachowski, Plant Operator) "I think our only concern is to ensure the water does not get too high because of the rain we ave been receiving.... about three weeks ago, we released some water out of Lake Audubon because it was getting too high. It was causing some erosion problems with the islands."

(Gary Brode, gbrode@kxnet.com) "Now in the demolition phase of the project, within a week, nothing will remain except for these three pillars. Construction was initially delayed by two weeks in order to wait for the ice to melt on Lake Audobon, so now workers have to work extra hard in order to make the January deadline."

(Scott Jacobson, Engineer, Construction Project) "We are replacing the electrical conduits, we are replacing the water pipes. Basically all the plumbing in the building we are replacing by the time we are done."

For the last few years, water could be found seeping through the brick walls, which will be replaced by concrete.

Officials say replacing the walls and roof are critical to assure the pumping plant retains its integrity into the future.

With construction underway, the seed can now begin to grow for the pumping plant.

At Audobon Lake, Gary Brode, KX News.

Officials anticipate dock owners may need to move their docks closer to the lake throughout the summer.

Boaters are asked to pay extra attention to unexpected shallow areas.

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