A good CNN report summarizing the state of the flood and dam release cut planned for today
Missouri river at Omaha Between 34.9 and 35 feet
Bismarck-Mandan News / Bismarck-Mandan News Dam releases to fall today
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to lower water releases from Garrison Dam by 5,000 cubic feet per second today, but how the height of the Missouri River will react is uncertain.
The corps said it will bring the release rate from 140,000 cfs to 135,000 cfs today and to 130,000 cfs on Thursday. It will continue to lower the level by increments of 5,000 cfs and reach 105,000 cfs by Aug. 4, according to its latest schedule, which can be foundatwww.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twout.
The corps began lowering releases from the peak of
150,000 cfs on June 26, but the Missouri River has held steady near
19 feet, rising and falling slightly since then.
"We don't really know what's going to happen," said Steven Robinson, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Bismarck. "It's a complex system and there are a lot of interactions we haven't seen or experienced before."
The river was at 19.09 feet at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service projects that it will fall to 18.5 feet by Saturday. But the river did not follow similar predictions when releases were lowered earlier.
Flood Warnings ISSUED TODAY
Issue Date: 1215 PM CDT TUE JUL 12 2011
Expiration: 414 PM CDT WED JUL 13 2011
...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN SOUTH
PLATTE CREEK NEAR PLATTE
LAKE FRANCIS CASE AT CHAMBERLAIN
MISSOURI RIVER NEAR GREENWOOD
MISSOURI RIVER NEAR VERDEL
MISSOURI RIVER AT NIOBRARA
MISSOURI RIVER AT SPRINGFIELD
MISSOURI RIVER AT YANKTON
MISSOURI RIVER NEAR GAYVILLE
MISSOURI RIVER NEAR MASKELL
MISSOURI RIVER NEAR PONCA
MISSOURI RIVER AT SOUTH SIOUX CITY
THE FOLLOWING RIVER FORECASTS INCLUDE FORECAST PRECIPITATION THROUGH
TONIGHT. ANY ADDITIONAL FUTURE RAINS COULD AFFECT THE CREST FORECASTS.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT