Corps: States Can Help Improve Flood Forecasting

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The top military officer in charge of managing the Missouri River system says the agency needs help from states to improve its ability to predict water runoff.

Brig. Gen. John McMahon spoke Wednesday at a meeting in Bismarck, N.D., with representatives of eight Missouri River
states.

McMahon says the agency is working to collect more data from
other federal and state agencies about rainfall and melting snow.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the information needs to
be available quickly to help state officials make flood management
decisions.

Dalrymple says Montana had more accurate information about
Missouri River runoff - but it wasn't readily available.

Dalrymple says data collection improvements wouldn't have
prevented last year's extensive Missouri River flooding. But he
says it could have helped limit some damage.


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