Quinn Dam in western S.D. failing, emergency management issues warning

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(KELO) — According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, authorities with the DOT and South Dakota Highway Patrol are on scene of Highway 14 near Quinn.  

The highway has been closed from Wall to Philip because the Quinn Dam, located a mile north, has breached and is leaking water through the dam. Residents and a local rancher have been notified. 

There isn’t any water over the roadway, but that could change very quickly should the dam fully breach. The road has been closed as a precaution.

The detour route is Highway 73 and Interstate 90 for both east and westbound traffic on Highway 14.
 

12:11 p.m.

Officals with Haakon County Emergency Management announced Highway 14 between Philip and Wall is closed because of flood warnings in effect for the Quinn Dam breach.

10:56 a.m. 

A dam in western South Dakota appears to be failing and authorities are sending out a warning. 

The Pennington County Emergency Management said people located downstream from the Quinn Dam need to seek higher ground. Large amounts of water may be uncontrollably released soon. 

The Quinn township is located less than 10 miles East of Wall. 

This is a developing story, stay with KELOLAND News for more coverage. 

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