U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division, says wetter than normal conditions across much of the Missouri River basin during May haven't affected the rivers and the mainstem reservoir levels remain below normal.
"Even though rainfall was two to three times normal in eastern Montana, and western North Dakota during May, runoff in the upper basin was only slightly above normal," said Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division."The basin continues to recover from the 2012 drought and reservoir levels in Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe remain 6 to 9 feet below the desired operating levels."
Farhat says based on current soil moisture and mountain snowpack conditions, the 2013 runoff forecast is at 21.3 million acre-feet, 84 percent of normal.
"Gavins Point releases were reduced from 24,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 12,000 cfs in late May and early June as part of our normal flood risk reduction measures," said Farhat."Thunderstorms can cause localized flooding even during droughts, so flood risk reduction remains a primary consideration as we progress through 2013."
The Corps will continue to monitor basin conditions.
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