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Rainy September Adds More Water to Swollen Missouri River

Oct 4, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After an unusually rainy September in the region, the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is likely to match the 2011 record.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it now expects 61 million acre feet of water to flow down the Missouri River this year. That would equal the record set during the prolonged 2011 flooding.

So the Corps will continue releasing massive amounts of water from the dams along the river.

The amount of water currently being released from the Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border _ 80,000 cubic feet per second _ is more than twice what is typical for this time of year.