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Next Up – The Missouri River — Why Now?
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Next Up – The Missouri River

Reuters has the outline of the problem: Residents evacuate flood-threatened Missouri River areas.

Same reasons as the other floods: higher than normal snowfall, heavier than normal spring rains, coming together to produce a 100-year flood. The Army Corps of Engineers has been keeping a lid on it because it flows into the Mississippi system, but they have to release water from the flood control dams or risk them.

North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri will be affected. The effect on the Mississippi system will be to keep the water high throughout the summer. This means that one good tropical storm heading up the Mississippi Valley will raise hell and water levels for the rest of the year.


1 oldwhitelady { 06.04.11 at 3:30 pm }

Oh-oh, that doesn’t sound good. Luckily, for me, I live in an area that isn’t near any rivers or creeks.

2 Bryan { 06.04.11 at 4:58 pm }

Good thing, because most of the major rivers and creeks that feed into the Missouri are in flood too. It is coming down from North Dakota, and will affect everyone.