Gavins Point Will Briefly Reduce Water Releases to Reduce Chances of Missouri River Flooding
Heavy rain has caused Flooding in southeastern South Dakota and closed schools for a second day today. There were also some who had to evacuate their homes.
Mitchell, Dell Rapids, and Madison received more than 7 inches of rain over two days
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will briefly reduce water releases from Gavins Point Dam this weekend, then increase them later next week. The goal is to evacuate record-setting rainfall that has fallen this month across much of the upper Missouri River basin.
Releases from the dam near Yankton, South Dakota, will be dropped to 60,000 cubic feet per second by Sunday to lower the peak flood stage forecast on the Missouri River between Sioux City and Omaha.
The corps says it is reducing releases from Gavins Point Dam to try to reduce the chances of floodwater reaching Interstate 29 north of Omaha.
Floodwaters covered I-29 between Missouri Valley, Iowa, and the Missouri border earlier this year.
Congressman Steve King has announced that he will host a town hall meeting in Sac County next Saturday, September 21st. The town hall is open to the public and to the media.
The Sac County town hall will be held in Wall Lake, Iowa at the Wall Lake Shelter House. The town hall will run from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. This is the 39th town hall for Steve King in the 4th district this year.