May 3, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 104

Montreal River level drops; M-28 closed in Wakefield

HURLEY — The Silver Street bridge was reopened to traffic Thursday afternoon as the water level on the Montreal River dropped substantially during the day.

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Wakefield Water and electric foreman John Granato and his crew pump water out of the spillway at Sunday Lake Dam on Thursday to relieve some of the run-off water, hoping to stop it from surging back into the city of Wakefield. “We haven’t had to do this since 2002,” said Granato.

With more than a foot of slushy snow falling on the Ironwood area, Iron County Emergency Management Director Stacy Ofstad said it was still a “wait and see game,” however.

Lt. Mike Rimkus of the Ironwood Public Safety Department said the water had gone down quite a bit in the east branch of the river at the Silver Street bridge.

A bridge inspector from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation arrived from Merrill to inspect the b...