Corps Of Engineers Seeing No Change In Missouri River Levels

(WNAX) — Levels of Missouri River reservoirs are not falling very fast. Mike Swenson with the Corps of Engineers in Omaha says they still are using flood capacity in several of the big lakes…

“Reservoir system storage is currently 68.4 million acre-feet; point-seven million acre-feet above the base of the system’s Exclusive Flood Control zone. Water in storage has decreased about zero-point-one million acre-feet over the last few days. 12.3 million acre-feet of the 16.3 million acre-feet of total flood storage is occupied.”

Swenson says river flows will have to stay high…

“The forecast shows Gavins Point releases will be held at 70,000 c-f-s into August to manage reservoir levels and continue evacuating water from the reservoirs. Fort Randall Reservoir is at 1362.6. The reservoir is down 1.3 feet since last week. It is more than seven feet above its normal operating level.”

Flows from Ft Randall Dam have increased to sixty-seven thousand cubic feet per second.  Swenson says Lake Oahe went up a bit in the last week…

“Oahe Reservoir is at 1617.2 and is up a few tenths since last week due to local rainfall in South Dakota. This put the reservoir back up into its Exclusive Flood Control zone by 2/10th of a foot. Releases from Oahe are currently about 56,500 c-f-s and are expected to remain near that rate for the next week.”

The Corps has said run off this year will be second highest on record, only behind the flood year of 2011.