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FILE - This Friday May 6, 2011 file photo shows an aerial view of the flooded areas along the Richelieu River in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. The International Joint Commission hopes to begin a $14 million study to determine if there is any way to control spring flooding in Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River in Quebec. The study stems from the historic 2011 spring flooding that kept the lake and the river above flood stage for two months, inundating low-lying parts of Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec, about 20 miles north of the US border.

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec — Unprecedented spring flooding in 2011 in Lake Champlain and the river that drains the lake north into Quebec is prompting scientists in the United States and Canada to see if anything can be done to reduce future problems.

The first steps are being taken now. They include developing detailed flood maps that would show the effects of flooding at different water levels in the lake and along the river.

Future steps could include recommendations for flood control structures, such as a dam that was begun in the 1930s in Quebec but never finished.

Those studies are being overseen by the International Joint Commission, an organization created by the two countries to seek solutions to water issues along the border.