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Feb 19, 2014 6:54 PM by MTN News - Great Falls

Body found at Black Eagle Dam

GREAT FALLS - Law enforcement officials, firefighters, and a search and rescue team are at Black Eagle Dam along River Road.

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards has confirmed that a body was found; officials do not yet know the name of the person, nor the cause of death.

The emergency crews were dispatched shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Reporter Alex Backus is at the scene; we will update you as we get more information.

(UPDATE, 12:45 pm) Crews are still working to remove the body from icy and rapid dam water.

We're told that an eight-inch ice shelf is making recovery difficult.

PPL Montana workers discovered the body under ice during routine ice break-ups.

Workers have to clear ice away from the dam every day by using portable cranes to help chop it up.

Sheriff Edwards tells us there currently are no missing persons reports and no foul play suspected at this time.

More than a dozen people are still working to pull the body out of the water.

(UPDATE, 1:20 pm) The body has been recovered from the water.

Sheriff Edwards noted, "Conditions are horrible out here...the high winds, frigid water. Then we were dealing with a very thick ice plate out there, some people don't realize that ice is heavy and it's shifting the whole time out there. So it made recovery very difficult."

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