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‘Unprecedented’ Summerlong Flood Threatens Missouri River Dams and Levees

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“The resulting flooding could last along the river until mid-August, they said, threatening communities stretching from Montana to Missouri.

“There are some extremely high water levels that will persist for quite a period of time,” said Lynn Maximuk, director of the National Weather Service’s central region. “The rises along the Missouri have been caused by really a year’s worth of rainfall across the basin over the last two weeks. In addition, snowfall in the mountains is at about 140 percent of normal.”

That has created “unprecedented” runoff that federal officials say can no longer be contained within the six dams built to tame the Missouri’s flows.

The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to release record amounts of water at all six dams, said Kevin Grode, Missouri Basin Reservoir Regulation Team leader for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Flows at Fort Peck Dam in Montana, the highest dam in the Missouri River system, will reach 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) tomorrow, besting the previous record of 45,000 cfs set in 1975.”

Read more: The New York Times