Missouri River might stop flooding by late August
August 1, 2011

The US Army Corps of Engineers is planning to start reducing outflows from the upstream dams on the Missouri River around the middle of August, with a plan to get the river below flood stage in Sioux City by the end of the month. Time will undoubtedly run short very quickly for the cities up and down the river that need to make repairs to infrastructure -- from roads and bridges to levees -- since it's possible for heavy snowfall to start as early as the second week of October. Repairs prior to the start of winter weather will be essential, since spring snowmelt and rainfall routinely cause high water levels throughout the Missouri River basin. The storage system managed by the Corps is still quite nearly full, with about 13 million acre-feet of water to go before the annual flood control level is reached.

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