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Flooding Not Likely For Area Due To Drought Conditions

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(KVHT) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says with the anticipated continued drought conditions, flooding likely won’t be an issue this year in the upper Missouri River basin. Through an update provided Tuesday the Corps and other officials spoke about the runoff forecast for the basin and plans for operating the mainstem reservoir system during the coming months. Despite recent rainfall, the Yankton region remains a combination of abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. A similar situation is found in much of the upper basin. Reservoir inflows in the basin above Sioux City were well-below average in March. The updated 2021 upper basin runoff forecast is about 83% of average. According to the Missouri River Basin Forecast Center, the open winter provided much less runoff for the most part. Officials said the flood risk over most of the Missouri River basin is much reduced because of the below-normal snowpack. According to reports, the outlook for April through June also calls for below-average precipitation with similar conditions expected beyond that time period. It appears late summer will also be warmer than normal and the precipitation outlook suggests that the entire Missouri River basin will see less than normal precipitation over the summer months.

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