Twice in the last six days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced releases from Gavins Point Dam to avoid adding to the fears of flooding, downstream on the Missouri River.
Sunday, the Corps cut back releases, at Gavins Point, to 20,000 cubic feet per second. Then, on Wednesday, the Corps cut them back again to 10,000 CFS.
Officials say the moves worked.
Jody Farhat, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said, "The reduction in Gavins Point releases, this week, resulted in lowering of the peak stages along the Missouri River. And, the additional waters stored in the reservoirs will not stress the reservoir system, or result in the need to evacuate more floodwater from the system at rates above the levels for downstream uses, such as navigation and water supply."
Farhat says now that the flood threat has eased along the Big Sioux, releases will be raised from Gavins Point.
That's expected to happen at noon on Monday.
We don't know how much more water the corps will release.
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