There's good news for folks who fear flooding along the Missouri River in the spring and summer. In an afternoon conference call Friday, the US Army Corps of Engineers said all of last summer's floodwater is now out of the Missouri River reservoir system and there's more room in the system for runoff this year. Mountain snowpack is also lower than it was, last year. Snowpack got much of the blame for record runoff in 2011. And, the Army Corps got much off the blame for failing to release the excess water sooner, forcing record releases that caused summer flooding. The Army Corps has promised things will be different, this year.
"The Corps is committed to taking a more flexible posture on regulation of the mainstem reservoir system... and an aggressive release schedule through the winter and spring if it appears 2012 will be another high runoff year," Jody Farhat, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
Right now, releases from Gavins Point Dam are 22,000 cubic feet per second and they should stay there through the end of February.
By the way, the dam's record release this summer; 160,000 cfps.