Missouri River level nears 50-year low mark

The exposed banks of the Missouri River lie covered with a dusting of snow on Thursday afternoon in Jefferson City.

The exposed banks of the Missouri River lie covered with a dusting of snow on Thursday afternoon in Jefferson City. Photo by Kris Wilson.

Although the current level of the Missouri River is near a 50-year low mark, forecasters said Thursday we shouldn’t see levels dip to the all-time low.

According to information from the National Weather Service (NWS) in St. Louis on Thursday, the river in Jefferson City was around 1.5 feet.

NWS records show in 1954, the river fell to 0.6 feet. The lowest recorded level was 0 feet in 1919.

“We’re not going to get to that level in the future,” said NWS hydrologist Mark Fuchs. “Thursday’s rain/snow helps, but the biggest thing is the extra water being released at Gavins Point Dam.”

Starting Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gradually increased the Gavins Point releases on the South Dakota-Nebraska border of the river.

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