Missouri River Reservoir Levels Beginning To Moderate Or Drop

(WNAX) — The Corps of Engineers is adjusting releases from dams on the Missouri River, attempting to balance inflows from upstream with continued high water downstream. Mike Swenson, a hydraulic engineer with the Corps in Omaha, says they look to keep releases from Gavins Point Dam fairly steady…

“Gavin’s Point releases are currently 75,000 CFS. The updated monthly reservoir regulation forecast, which was posted to our website earlier this week, shows the holding that released through June manage reservoir levels and continuing evacuating water from reservoirs.”
Swenson says they are looking for the rise at Ft Randall to slow down…

“Fort Randall reservoir is at elevation 1369.8 and is declining slowly. The reservoir is nearly five feet above the base of the exclusive flood control zone. Releases from Fort Randall are currently at 65,000 CFS, and are expected to increase gradually to 67 or 68,000 CFS over the next several days.”
Swenson says Lake Oahe is still higher than normal…

“Oahe reservoir is at elevation 1618.2 and is slowly declining. The reservoir is 1.2 feet above the base of the exclusive flood control zone. Releases from Oahe are currently about 48,000 CFS and will likely range from 48 to 50,000 CFS through next week.”
Flooding has continued downstream, with Interstate 29 still closed in western Iowa.