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Additional Gavins Point Releases Being Made

Mar 14, 2019 | ,

(KVHT) – Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers say water releases at the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, have been increased to 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to minimize downstream impacts. Those releases will be increased to 60,000 on Friday. The runoff in the drainage area between Fort Randall and Gavins Point Dam is very high, and continues to increase, due to rapid plains snowmelt and heavy rain on frozen, wet soils in the Niobrara River basin. The area directly upstream of Gavins Point continues to receive heavy rain. John Remus, the Corps Missouri River Water Management Division chief says the Corps knows there are communities experiencing flooding, or nearing that condition, along the Missouri downstream of the dams. Remus states they are managing releases from Gavins Point as judiciously as they can in order to lessen the impact downstream. There is very little storage capacity behind Gavins Point Dam, forcing the Corps to release much of the water that enters the reservoir.

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