At full flow, mighty Missouri River puts on show

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 11:02 a.m. CDT

PIERRE, S.D. — The fast-moving Missouri River is making for spectacular displays at the dams that control its flow.

Hundreds of sightseers are turning out at Oahe Dam near Pierre, Garrison Dam near Bismarck, N.D., and other locations to see the thundering torrents as the Army Corps of Engineers releases water downstream. All the water must be moved along to make room for heavy rains in western states and snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains.

Jean Ries traveled three hours this week to Pierre from Sioux Falls to view the display at Oahe. Ries called it "unbelievable."

The Missouri River is flowing through the power plant and emergency outlet tubes at a record 150,000 cubic feet per second. That's about 1 ½ times the rate at Niagara Falls on a routine summer day.

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