Flood watch 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers minutes ago issued this new data regarding the Missouri River reservoir levels, and it’s not getting better. As of midnight, Fort Peck Reservoir in Montana was within 2.3 feet of the top of its spillway gates; Garrison Reservoir in North Dakota was within 1.3 feet; and Oahe Reservoir north of Pierre was within 1.3 feet. The three smaller reservoirs downstream from Oahe in South Dakota had Big Bend dam within 3.8 feet; Fort Randall dam within 16.2 feet; and Gavins Point dam within 3.5 feet. Water was held back in Fort Peck on Sunday, but inflows to Garrison were twice as much as was released, and inflows to Oahe were far in excess of outflows.

The link below connects to an RSS feed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The most recent item will list on top. It will open an Adobe acrobat file.


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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

3 thoughts on “Flood watch 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30

  1. bern shanks


    Can anyone tell me why the Corps of Engineers has left the pool levels in the six mainstem Missouri river dams at near record levels? The snow in the Missouri river headwaters is far above average depths and the peak of Spring runoff has only begun.

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