OMAHA, NE (Omaha World-Herald News Source) – A surge in snowmelt on the upper Missouri River is putting the squeeze on efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to moderate releases from the dams that feed water downstream.
As a result, the corps has increased releases from Gavins Point Dam, the farthest downstream of six massive dams. Flows from that dam affect river levels in downstream communities.
More water flowing into the river isn’t what downstream communities want as they struggle to recover from historic flooding. But John Remus with the corps told the Omaha World-Herald that they have to increase releases from the dams to save room for runoff and prevent potentially worse problems later in the season.