Army Corps Of Engineers Updates Dam Release Rates

By: wowt-tv Email
By: wowt-tv Email

During it's latest media briefing the Corps said it expects to reach the 150,000 figure by next Tuesday, June 14th. In the past several days, however, the rate has been increasing at almost 10,000 cfs every 24 hour period.

Cities, businesses, and families below the dam -- from Dakota Dunes, South Dakota to Hamburg, Iowa -- have been beefing up flood control efforts as the massive flow of water has sent the Missouri River over flood stage.

As one city official in Council Bluffs put it: it's now a waiting game to see if everything holds as the river levels stabilize. In Omaha Friday morning the river was at 31.03 feet -- a foot over flood stage. By Tuesday the National Weather Service is forecasting a level of 32.4 feet.

Once the river level does stabilize -- the monster flows of water are expected to continue unabated for weeks. Land that is already flooded is expected to stay under water into August or September.

And the whole time that this plays out, people up and down the river will have to keep a watchful eye that levees and berms holding back the water do their job. It's going to be a long, stressful summer for many people in the Heartland.

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