07
Jun
11

Riverwatch: Corps to increase releases at Fort Peck

Omaha, Neb.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will increase releases from Fort Peck reservoir from the planned 50,000 cubic feet per second to 55,000 cfs.

Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management office, says the increase, slated for Friday, June 10, is due to continued high runoff into the reservoir this week, including rain over the reservoir in the last 24 hours.

“Inflows into Fort Peck have been averaging above forecasted levels while inflows to the Garrison reservoir have been averaging a little below forecasted levels.  As a result, releases at Fort Peck will be increased to better balance the remaining storage between Fort Peck and Garrison,” says Farhat.

The Corps is currently assessing the likely impacts of the increase to communities downstream of Fort Peck.  The results should be available tomorrow afternoon. Peak releases are expected to continue well into August.  This change in Fort Peck releases is not expected to impact the planned peak releases of 150,000 cfs at the other five mainstem dams.

For general questions regarding our flood response information efforts, please call (402) 996-3877 or email us at MRJIC@usace.army.mil.

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You can also find flood inundation maps and local emergency management contact information on our social media sites as well as our district Web site at http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil.

View daily and forecasted reservoir and river information on the Water Management section of the Northwestern Division homepage at:

http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc.

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