Releases at Gavins Point Dam have been reduced the due to the recent heavy rain.
Officials with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers say that they have seen rainfall totals from 2 to 6 inches across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa that is causing the Missouri River and are tributaries to have increased river stages.
Missouri River Basin Water Management Division Chief of the John Remus said that the reduced releases probably won’t have an impact on the peak river stages, but, “it should allow for a faster decline from those stages as the rain moves from the area”
Releases were reduced from 58,000 cubic feet per second to 52,000 cfs. They plan to hold the release there for the next few days before returning releases to 58,000 cfs.
“Releases will remain higher than average through the late fall because the reservoirs have to be at the base of the annual flood control pool by the beginning of the 2019 runoff season,” said Remus. “We have to be closer to that level at Fort Peck and Garrison Dams by late December before the river and reservoirs ice-in. We will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments as necessary.”