Army Corps Of Engineers To Adjust Gavins Point Releases To Handle Dakotas Floodwaters

(WNAX) — The Corps of Engineers are making change to releases from Gavins Point Dam in response to flooding rains across eastern South Dakota.  John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Water Basin Management Office in Omaha, says they will be looking at the flooding during the weekend…

“My staff and I are going to assess the situation to see if the runoff is coming as we thought it would and if it does we’ll reduce releases from Gavins Point Dam by five-thousand cubic feet-per-second and then on Sunday morning we’ll do the same thing and if…if everything is looking like we thought it would look, we’ll reduce it another five-thousand cubic feet-per-second down to a total release of 60-thousand cubic feet-per-second.”

Releases have been running at seventy thousand cubic feet per second for several weeks.  Remus says they are trying to avoid flooding highways near Omaha…

“We’re seeing, if we…if we can, and I don’t if whether we’re…whether we’re gonna be able to or not, to see if we can maybe keep the river from reaching I-29 there north of Omaha.”

Remus says they plan to step up releases from Gavins Point next week…

“We’re gonna go up to 80-thousand cubic feet-per-second some time next week.  That’s the plan right now.  And that’s not…that’s not because we reduced the flows, that’s because we have a lot of water in the system.  We have over half of the flood storage yet to evacuate and we just need to up the releases just to get that water evacuated before the next runnoff season.”

Remus says flood storage in the upstream reservoirs has increased about three hundred thousand-acre feet in the past few days.