I am not an expert, I cannot even seem to find a good topo map, or similar, so here we are with Google Earth and a flood map from some days back.
The nightmare of trillions of gallons of water going all the way to the Mississippi .. could be averted if there were a way to divert the water at
the large wide spot about half way to the next big lake/dam. IF and that is IF what I think I see is what I think it is .. a very big gully made by a
previous flood, long ago.
With a little nudge from the Corp of Engineers and the Military; this could be used as an emergency spill way for the Fort Peck waters .. IF the dam
gave up the ghost and melted into oblivion ... which everyone hopes it does not!!
An older (June 7, 2011) page with mapping of flooding in the Missouri watershed:
The flood mapping page
An enlarged version of that map, which seems to offer some hope:
The Flood map with the natural flood gate
Just the Google Map of Fort Peck Dam, and the next dam down stream:
[[Ahem, you have to zoom out, and then follow the river down past the wide place, and to the next big collection of water .. which is the next dam,
with both dams visible, look for that big wide place:]]
The Google Map
Wiki Commons image of the Fort Peck Dam .. a whopper, but aging.
The "large" Fort Peck dam
Here is where I think the solution could be implemented: ... But I am neither an engineer, nor even certain of my maps .. so I am just offering this.
Feel free to point out any mistakes I may have made.
Outlined area on Google map
There have been tornadoes, hail and heavy rain in areas associated with this flooding, as the fires and the high temps in the south force the jet
stream north... away from the bread basket of America, but also right into the flood zone. There has been a loss of over 2.7 million acres of 2011
agricultural corn ...
With concern for many, many people and the Atlantic .. which does not need radiation any sooner than it will get there naturally.
27-6-2011 by Serendipity7 because: Google map not showing as set ..