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Forecasts show an overflowing Missouri River covering about 50 city blocks, including most of the downtown.
Officials said although they can not be sure what will happen, they urge residents to be prepared.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is currently releasing 70,000 cubic feet of water per second from upstream dams, but will increase it to 85,000 cfs on June 2.
It will increase to 130,000 cfs on June 7 and reach 150,000 cfs in mid-June.
The previous record of releases from Gavins Point dam in North Dakota was 70,000 cfs, but the corps has announced plans to more than double that.
IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS...THE UPPER MISSOURI BASIN HAS RECEIVED NEARLY A YEAR`S WORTH OF RAINFALL. IN ADDITION...SNOW PACK RUNOFF YET TO FULLY ENTER THE UPPER PORTION OF THE RIVER SYSTEM IS 140 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THESE CONDITIONS ARE RESULTING IN MISSOURI BASIN RESERVOIRS ACROSS EASTERN MONTANA AND THE DAKOTAS NEARING THEIR MAXIMUM LEVELS. RECORD RELEASES HAVE BEGUN AT GAVINS POINT DAM LOCATED TO THE WEST OF YANKTON SOUTH DAKOTA. CURRENT RELEASES ARE AROUND 85,000 CFS (CUBIC FEET PER SECOND)...AND WILL BE INCREMENTALLY INCREASED TO 150,000 CFS BY MID-JUNE. THE PREVIOUS HIGH RELEASE AT GAVINS POINT WAS 70,000 CFS IN 1997.
Originally posted by rosemary
Could the Army Core of Engineers have handled the release of the water from the Gavins Point Dam a little differently? Maybe the water could have been released over aperiod of time instead of all at once...I don't know much about this process, but I wonder if there could have been a better solution?