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Gavins Point Dam releases dialed back

NEAR YANKTON, South Dakota (KTIV) – Overnight, the Army Corps of Engineers increased releases, from Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, to 100,00 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Releases were dialed back to 90,000 cfs at 6 a.m. Friday morning. Theyh were reduced to 83,000 at 6 p.m. Friday night.

“Our release decisions over the last 48 hours have been based on the inflows into Gavins Point Dam,” said John Remus, Missouri River Water Management Division. “And, the ability of the dam to contain or manage those flows. The 2011 operations were not a part of our decision-making process.”

Back in 2011, the Army Corps increased releases from Gavins Point to 160,000 cfs causing major, devastating flooding all along the Missouri River for more than two months.

Matt Breen

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