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Emergency responders conduct drill at Pisgah Dam [UPDATED]

Published 9:29am Thursday, September 12, 2013 Updated 11:31am Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Monday, between 4 and 6 p.m. emergency responders will conduct annual testing of the Pisgah Dam Emergency Action Plan.

According to Megan Lisburg, Environmental Compliance Specialist for Otter Tail Power Company, this year’s drill focuses on the joint response of emergency personnel including Fergus Falls police, fire service, and emergency medical service as well as the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Otter Tail Power Company.

“We are doing this drill because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requires that an Emergency Action Plan be in place for all dams of a certain classification and that it must be tested periodically,” Lisburg said.

Responders will react to a preplanned scenario. “Again, if city residents see increased police and fire service activity near the Pisgah Dam late afternoon on Sept. 16, they need to remember that this is only a drill,” said Lisburg. If you have questions, contact Megan Lisburg at 218-739-8406 or Police Lt. Terry Eldien at 218-332-5502.

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