Army Corps Of Engineers Says Lake Oahe Showing Slight Decrease In Reservoir Level From Last Week

(KCCR) — Only a handful of press briefings remain for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers as flooding on the Missouri River slowly turns from a response phase to that of recovery. Kevin Lowe with the National Weather Service’s Kansas City-based Missouri River Basin Forecast Center says the lower Missouri Basin is again in the target for continued rain fall…

“A front is currently setting up over southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, southern Iowa and northern Missouri which will bring several bouts of heavy rain tonight through the weekend.  Widespread two to three inches an average is likely through the weekend.  Some locations may see in excess of five inches before this event ends on Sunday.  We then expect a respite for about 48 hours before second system will build in Wednesday bringing rain on Wednesday and Thursday again across the southern portion of the basin.”
Mike Swenson with the Corps Missouri River Water Management Office says the Fort Randall pool at Pickstown is up from last week…

“Fort Randall reservoir is at elevation 1362-point-four.  The reservoir is up point-six feet since last week due to continued heavy rain in that area.  The reservoir is more than seven-feet above its normal summer operating level.  Releases from Fort Randall are currently 62-thousand c-f-s and are expected to range from 62 to 66-thousand c-f-s over the next week.”
Lake Oahe is showing slight improvement over last week despite recent heavy rain…

“Oahe reservoir is at elevation 1616-point-seven, down point-one feet since last week.  The reservoir is nine-point-two feet above the base of the annual flood control zone.  Releases from Oahe are currently about 56-thousand 500 c-f-s and are expected to remain at that rate for the next week.”

Downstream, Corps officials estimate over a billion dollars in damage to levee infrastructure has already been totaled and they expect that number to rise as additional contracts for levee repair are let.