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Corps reduces releases at Gavins Point after rains

Corps reduces releases at Gavins Point after rains

April 16th, 2012 in News

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the amount of water released into the Missouri River in light of the heavy rains that fell this weekend in Nebraska and Iowa.

The corps says that releases from the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., are being lowered Sunday from 28,000 cubic feet per second to 26,000 and again Monday to 22,000. Similar reductions are under way at other upstream reservoirs.

The corps' Jody Farhat says the reductions are needed to prevent flooding along the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

The river is expected to temporarily fall below the navigation target of 31,000 cubic feet per second in Sioux City.