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Missouri River releases to remain high into December

NEAR YANKTON, SD (KTIV) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says release flows from Gavins Point Dam will continue to remain at high levels into December.

The Corps of Engineers says the flows will continue to be at 80,000 cubic feet per second.

The National Weather Service meteorologists say long-range outlooks favor the odds of a wetter than normal condition remaining for the Missouri River Basin at least through January.

Corps officials say they continue to monitor the situation and there is still a lot of water to evacuate from the system.

“We may have to go up, we are doing everything we can to prevent that but there is always chance that we may have to increase system releases and we just want people to know that, we have no plans to do that at this time but that is a possibility,” John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division said.

Right now, the Corps of Engineers plans to step down releases around mid-December to 22,000 CFS.

The Corps will be hosting a public meeting on October 23 at 4 p.m.

It will be held at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City.

They say the purpose of the meeting is to update the region on current hydrologic conditions and review operations of the reservoir system.


KTIV Staff

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