Jun 4, 2011

Mighty Mo Flooding Upstream

Melting snow from the Rocky Mountains combined with heavy spring rains have swelled the Missouri River to dangerously high levels, prompting North and South Dakota residents to prepare for flooding. 

The Army Corps of Engineers has already opened floodgates at six dams and has been releasing reservoir water into the river in an attempt to make room for new snowmelt, but it seems to be insufficient.  

NOAA Flooding Forecast
More rain is expected later this week. "It's the perfect storm, but in the worst sense," said a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, South Dakota. As many as 12,000 people have been forced to evacuate the North Dakota city of Minot, and another 1,000 homes in Bismarck are under voluntary evacuations.

Mo River at Kansas City - bank to bank
Most of the approximately 3,000 people living in low-lying areas of Pierre and Fort Pierre had left homes, and others loading their belongings onto pickup trucks said they'd be gone by Gov. Dennis Daugaard's unofficial deadline of 8 p.m. No one was ordered to leave home ahead of Friday's planned dam releases, but it appeared few were willing to take their chances.

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