Missouri River dam releases to be cut in August

Friday, July 29, 2011 | 9:59 a.m. CDT; updated 11:29 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 29, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to significantly reduce the amount of water being released into the Missouri River in late August and September.

Brig. Gen. John McMahon outlined the plan for bringing an end to flooding along the river.

The corps has been releasing massive amounts of water from the six dams along the river to deal with heavy spring rains and above-average mountain snowpack.

The corps says the biggest reductions in water releases from Gavins Point Dam won't begin until mid-August, but the goal is to cut the releases from the current 160,000 cubic feet per second to 40,000 by Oct. 1.

McMahon says the water flow will be reduced gradually to reduce the risk of damage to levees along the river.



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