UPDATE: Corps says more flood storage offers limited benefit

Friday, April 13, 2012 | 10:59 a.m. CDT

OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said having more space free in the Missouri River's reservoirs would have reduced but not eliminated last year's flooding.

The corps said in a new report released Friday that flooding still would have caused widespread damage along the Missouri River last year because of the massive volume of water that moved through the river.

And any increase in the amount of flood storage space in the reservoirs would reduce the economic benefits the river offers through barge traffic, recreation and hydropower.

The corps said increasing flood storage space in reservoirs is only one option to reduce flood risk. It said officials may need to consider increasing the capacity of the Missouri River channel and reducing development in the flood plain.


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