OMAHA, Neb. – June 1, 2011 – With historic rushes of water flowing down the Missouri river, residents of South Dakota and Nebraska are being forced to leave their homes, farms, and business with no indication of when they can return. Missouri residents are concerned this new wave of flooding could affect them soon. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates as many as 62 levees in Missouri alone could be topped by water in the coming weeks.
Dakota Dunes residents are currently being warned of potential flooding as water crests near the last dam on the river located just upstream from the southeast South Dakota community.
Residents near Niobrara, Neb. know exactly what those in Dakota Dunes may expect. With typical dischargers of approximately 43,000 cubic feet per second (CFS), property owners along the Missouri river have been able to manage, but with dischargers at volumes double typical levels, thousands have had to relocate to higher ground and watch their homes and land be overtaken by the river. A flow increase of 1,000 cfs can translate into an increase in the river level of about one-quarter of an inch. |Full Story
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