The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to increase the water flow from Gavins Point Dam this week because of the forecast of colder weather. Gavins Point is the southernmost dam that controls the Missouri River.
The USACE says the increase will be by 4,000 cubic feet per second. As temperatures drop and stay that way, ice will begin to build on the river and tributaries. As a result, inflow would decrease.
By increasing the flow, the USACE intends to maintain steady river stages downstream of Gavins Point and keep all lower river intakes operational.
The current flow release of 14,000 cfs from Gavins Point Dam will be increased to 16,000 on Wednesday then 18,000 on Thursday.
The 18,000 cfs flow is expected to be maintained until early January.