It wasn't the fault of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That's the finding of an expert panel about this summer's historic flooding on the Missouri River. The group says the army corps did what it could, but several changes could help avoid a disastrous repeat.
A 99-page report the corps is releasing today says that the current manuals and procedures could be improved and updated to recognize the more recent weather extremes following what it calls "unprecedented levels of runoff that could not be predicted in advance." One recommendation from the experts calls for improved monitoring of pending snowmelt in plains states.
The corps has said that the floods caused $630 million in damage to the levees, dams and channels built to control the Missouri.