Missouri River Flooding

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Republican senators from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flood risk.  Each state has seen severe flooding from the Missouri River

The proposal would require the Corps to take steps to reduce flood risks along the lower Missouri River by changing the way it manages the dams and by strengthening levees along the river.

The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam will be increased again to free up more space in the reservoirs upstream before spring.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that the amount of water flowing out of Gavins Point on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will be increased later this week. The current releases from Gavins Point dam are more than double what is typical for this time of year.

The Corps is working to clear out as much space as possible in the reservoirs ahead of what is expected to be another wet year.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doesn't expect to eliminate from its reservoir system all the leftover water from last year's near-record runoff that led to massive flooding along the Missouri River. Officials are raising the current releases in expectation of high spring runoff again this year. The Corps told the Omaha World-Herald the system needs to make as much space as possible in light of forecasts for warmer than normal weather and higher than normal runoff. 

An accountant accused of stealing nearly $110,000 from a northeast Nebraska church has taken a plea deal.

Dixon County District Court records say 46-year-old Michael Pommer, of Wakefield, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23.   

He pleaded no contest to one count of theft.   

Prosecutors dismissed 14 counts in exchange for the plea.

Prosecutors say Pommer took the money from two bank accounts of Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield without church officials' authorization.

Court records indicate Pommer paid back the church about $115,000.