Corps reduces releases at Gavins Point after rains

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April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the amount of water released into the Missouri River following heavy rains this weekend in Nebraska and Iowa. The corps says that releases from the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota were lowered Sunday from 28,000 cubic feet per second to 26,000 and will be lowered 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.