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Heavy Rains in Kansas and Missouri prompt reduced releases from upstream Missouri River dams

Missouri River Water Management Division
Published Oct. 7, 2018
Lewis & Clark Lake and Gavins Point Dam are nestled in the golden, chalkstone-lined valley of the Missouri River growing into one of the most popular recreation spots in the Great Plains.

Gavins Point Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1944, commonly called the Pick-Sloan Plan. Ground was broken at the damsite on May 18, 1952, in a ceremony attended by Lieutenant General Lewis Pick, then Chief of Engineers, and the Governors of South Dakota and Nebraska. Construction began immediately and in September 1956 the Powerplant began producing electricity for customers. The total cost of the dam totaled just under $50 million. Yearly benefits from the dam are estimated at $35 million dollars.

In response to recent heavy rains and runoff in Kansas and Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will be reducing releases from Fort Randall Dam and Gavins Point Dam.  Gavins Point releases will be reduced from 58,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 46,000 cfs over a 2-day period, starting at noon on Sunday, Oct 7.  Fort Randall releases will be decreased from 55,000 cfs to 43,000 cfs over the same 2-day period.

The Corps will maintain Gavins Point releases at 46,000 cfs until the heavy rains in the lower basin have subsided.  "Our plan is to increase Gavins Point releases to 58,000 cfs later in the week to continue evacuating the stored flood waters and prepare the Missouri Mainstem Reservoir System for the 2019 runoff season," stated John Remus, chief of the Corps' Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

Eileen Williamson

Release no. 18-112