OMAHA, Nebraska (KTIV) – At midnight, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased flows at Gavins Point Dam to 100,000 cubic feet per second.
Water releases from Gavins Point Dam were increased to 90,000 cubic feet per second at 8:00 pm Thursday as unregulated inflows from the Niobrara and other watersheds continue to spill into the reservoir.
At the same time, Corps officials in Omaha and Kansas City are lending support and resources to state and local communities dealing with rising waters from a powerful regional storm.
OMAHA, Nebraska (KTIV) – Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers say water releases at the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota, have been increased to 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to minimize downstream impacts.
Those released will be increased to 60,000 cfs later on Thursday and Friday.
The runoff in the drainage area between Fort Randall and Gavins Point Dam is very high, and continues to increase, due to rapid plains snowmelt and heavy rain on frozen, wet soils in the Niobrara River basin.
The area directly upstream Gavins Point continues to receive heavy rain.
“We know there are communities experiencing flooding, or nearing that condition, along the Missouri downstream of our dams,” said John Remus, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Water Management Division in Omaha. “We are managing releases from Gavins Point as judiciously as we can in order to lessen the impact downstream.”
There is very little storage capacity behind Gavins Point Dam, forcing the Corps to release much of the water that enters the reservoir, according to Remus.