Fort Peck Dam flow will be lowered to aid search efforts

Posted at 2:55 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:02:40-04

The United States Army Corps of Engineers will reduce the flow from Fort Peck Dam on Wednesday to assist with the search for Jason Azure, a Wolf Point man who is presumed to have drowned after he jumped into the Missouri River several days ago to save someone who fell in.

According to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the COE will reduce the flow from Fort Peck Dam from 14,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) to 8,000 CFS beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The reduction flow will remain in effect through 8 a.m. on Thursday.

It will take approximately 24 hours for the reduced flows to impact Missouri River elevations at the search location near Wolf Point.

The sheriff’s office stated that the COE expressed that they would like to offer the flow reduction for a longer period of time, but the current flood condition of the Milk River will not allow that.

If any volunteers with boats would like to assist with the search, the sheriff’s office said this would be a good time to join.

Please contact Sheriff Frederick for details and to be made aware of the necessary precautions searchers must take. Please call his cell phone at (406) 489-1564.

The search continues for Jason Azure, a Wolf Point man who is presumed to have drowned after he jumped into the Missouri River several days ago to save someone who fell in.

Several agencies and dozens of people are continuing the search for his body.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office posted the following message on Facebook on Sunday:

We wanted to share some information regarding the incident involving Jason Azure.

On the afternoon of 04/27/18, Jason was with friends and family by the river near Wolf Point when he saw two people struggling in the water. With no regard for his own safety, he jumped into the frigid river and attempted to save them. The other people made it back to shore, but sadly, Jason did not. The Missouri River was running high and fast, and Jason was unable to fight the powerful current. He quickly went under and disappeared.

It took tremendous courage for Jason to do what he did. The water that day was 42 degrees and Jason knew he wasn’t a strong swimmer. He saw two people in trouble and simply did what he thought had to be done to help them. Jason was a true hero in every sense of the word.

His actions that day weren’t out of character, either – stories abound of the times Jason sacrificed his own well-being to help others.

Wolf Point is a small, tight-knit community and tragedies like this hit us all hard. Most of us knew Jason, so our hearts really go out to his family during this difficult time. Jason was a devoted father, brother, and son. He leaves behind four children.

The RCSO, Ft Peck Tribes, and several other agencies will continue with the recovery effort. Volunteers that wish to assist with the search or support the family are welcome. Please contact Jason’s sister, Ashley Calder, at 406-489-1866, or Sheriff Frederick at 406-489-1564 if you’d like to help.

Community members have created a Facebook group called Search for Jason Azure in the Missouri River to help coordinate search efforts and keep people updated.

We will update you as we get more information.

(APRIL 29, 2018) Family and friends continue to search for a Wolf Point man who is presumed to have drowned after he jumped into the Missouri River on Friday to save someone who fell in.

Jason B. Azure, 40 years old, jumped in after someone fell in and was swept downstream. Azure did not resurface. The other person was able to get out of the fast flowing river.

Brenda Calder, Azure’s mother, said, “Jason loved everyone, he was a people person, he didn’t have much in his own life and he gave everything he had to help people.”

We will update you if we get more information.