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Robert Castleberry touches on oil near his flooded and oil contaminated home along side the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., Tuesday July 5, 2011. The Yellowstone River swelled above flood levels Tuesday, raising fears that the surge will push thousands of gallons of oil spilled from a broken pipeline into undamaged areas and prolong cleanup efforts as crude seeps downstream and into back channels.

Flood surge raises fears of Mont. oil spill spread

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LAUREL, Mont. (AP) -- Crews cleaning up an oil spill on the Yellowstone River faced difficult conditions Tuesday as the scenic waterway rose above flood stage and stoked fears that surging currents could push crude into undamaged areas and back channels vital to the river's prized fishery.

Conditions on the swollen Yellowstone have hampered efforts to find the cause of Friday's break in the 12-inch Exxon Mobil pipeline that spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil.

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