Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri River, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced later this month.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will start to gradually be reduced on Nov. 23 as part of its plan to cut releases for winter. The amount of water being released into the river has been at 80,000 cubic feet per second — more than twice what is typical — for months. By mid-December, that will be reduced to 22,000 cubic feet per second. The river has remained high ever since the spring flooding because the amount of rain and melting snow flowing into the river was near record levels this year.