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Army Corps warns of forecast calling for up to 3 inches of rain in Missouri River basin — Record dam releases to continue as reservoirs “so close” to crest

Corps Warns Of Possible Heavy Rainfall In Upper Basin, Press & Dakotan, July 11, 2011:

The Corps of Engineers is maintaining record releases at both Fort Randall Dam in Pickstown and Gavins Point Dam in Yankton amidst a forecast calling for as much as 3 inches of rainfall in the Missouri River basin. [...]

“The reservoirs, . . . → Read More: Army Corps warns of forecast calling for up to 3 inches of rain in Missouri River basin — Record dam releases to continue as reservoirs “so close” to crest

Army Corps predicts Missouri River will overflow up to 70 more levees

Experts expect more Missouri River levee failures, Associated Press, July 9, 2011:

The Corps predicts that the river will eventually rise high enough to flow over some 18 to 70 levees, mostly in rural areas of southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and Missouri. Other levees will become saturated, and water can erode their foundations, seep . . . → Read More: Army Corps predicts Missouri River will overflow up to 70 more levees

Spillway gates at Big Bend Dam now closed to inspect how water has affected the structure: “We expect repairs when this is done” — June was first time in dam’s history that gates had been opened during a flood

Spillway gates at Big Bend Dam closed to inspect how water has affected the structure: “We expect repairs when this is done” — June was first time in dam’s history that gates had been opened during a flood

Corps will close, inspect gates to spillway at Big Bend Dam today, Daily Republic by Anna Jauhola, July 1, 2011:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the spillway gates at Big Bend Dam [in South Dakota] today to inspect how the water has affected the structure. [...]

On Thursday, the corps began . . . → Read More: Spillway gates at Big Bend Dam now closed to inspect how water has affected the structure: “We expect repairs when this is done” — June was first time in dam’s history that gates had been opened during a flood

Corps stopping releases at Big Bend Dam upstream of nuke plants to check for possible erosion — High release rates have caused erosion around spillways

Nuke query: What if dam breaks?, Omaha World Herald, July 1, 2011:

Federal regulators want to make certain Nebraska’s flood-threatened nuclear reactors have adequate safety measures in place if a dam breaks upstream, so they have asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its latest analyses on the risks of dam failure. [...] . . . → Read More: Corps stopping releases at Big Bend Dam upstream of nuke plants to check for possible erosion — High release rates have caused erosion around spillways

NRC concerned about what would happen if a dam fails upstream from Nebraska nuke plants — They’ve had some ‘issues’ corps tells Omaha official

Nuke query: What if dam breaks?, Omaha World Herald by Nancy Gaarder, June 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm EDT:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is asking for an explanation of the flooding that would occur should a dam break upstream of two Nebraska nuclear plants it monitors. [...]

On Wednesday, the NRC regional office that . . . → Read More: NRC concerned about what would happen if a dam fails upstream from Nebraska nuke plants — They’ve had some ‘issues’ corps tells Omaha official

Senator concerned about massive dams upstream from Nebraska nuke plants — Army Corps alludes to ‘issues’ that are being monitored closely

Flood test not over for nuke plant, Omaha World-Herald, June 27, 2011:

Sitting above Nebraska’s nuclear plants are six upstream dams, part of one of the nation’s largest reservoir systems. Failure of any of those dams would send devastating amounts of water downstream. Could the dams fail?

“The short answer is no,” said Brig. . . . → Read More: Senator concerned about massive dams upstream from Nebraska nuke plants — Army Corps alludes to ‘issues’ that are being monitored closely

4 to 5 more inches of water at Nebraska nuke plants after 7% flow increase from dam: Army Corps of Engineers

The latest on flooding: June 23, Omaha World-Herald, June 23, 2011:

[...] On Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that releases from Gavins Point would increase another 7 percent to 160,000 cubic feet per second.

That will add about 4 to 5 inches in the river’s level at Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear . . . → Read More: 4 to 5 more inches of water at Nebraska nuke plants after 7% flow increase from dam: Army Corps of Engineers

Army Corps worried they are running out of space in dams on Missouri River, forcing even more releases: “At this point, we have very little flexibility remaining”

Floodwaters might hit KC by midweek, Kansas City Star, June 17, 2011:

Heavy rainfall expected over the Dakotas in coming days, combined with rains from the past few weeks, have officials worried they’re running out of space in upstream dams, potentially forcing them to release even more pent-up water downstream [the Missouri River] …]

. . . → Read More: Army Corps worried they are running out of space in dams on Missouri River, forcing even more releases: “At this point, we have very little flexibility remaining”