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DEVELOPING: Flood Surge Raises Fears Of Montana Oil Spill Spread

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LAUREL, Mont. (AP) - High water levels are hampering cleanup efforts on the Yellowstone River in Montana.

A 12-inch oil pipeline broke on Friday, spilling an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude into the scenic waterway.

The river was flowing too high and swiftly for crews to reach some oiled areas, and forecasters said mountain snowmelt is adding to the high water levels.

A 64-year-old man who lives along the river near the spill says he was forced out of his house Saturday because of dangerous fumes from oil that the river pushed across his yard and into the crawlspace beneath his house.

Exxon Mobil and federal officials said they have only seen oil about 25 miles downstream from the site of the break near Laurel, but Gov. Brian Schweitzer said he believes some has traveled hundreds of miles to North Dakota.

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