An expert panel says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wasn't to blame for record Missouri River flooding this year, but that several changes could help avoid a disastrous repeat.
A 99-page report the corps is releasing Tuesday says that the
current manuals and procedures could be improved and updated to
recognize the more recent weather extremes following
"unprecedented levels of runoff that could not be predicted in
To view the report, click here.
The corps has said that the floods caused $630 million in damage
to the levees, dams and channels built to control the river. The
corps manages the 2,341-mile-long river, which flows from Montana
through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and
One recommendation from the experts calls for improved
monitoring of pending snow melt in plains states.