OMAHA — The amount of water to be released into the lower Missouri River will change in the coming days to accommodate recent heavy rains in the Upper Plains.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release Friday that water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will be reduced to 65,000 cubic feet per second Saturday and to 60,000 cubic feet per second Sunday.
The Corps says that reduction will last no longer than three days before releases are incrementally increased by 5,000 cubic feet per second, going up to 80,000 cubic feet per second.
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The Corps says it hopes that briefly lowering releases may curtail possible flooding on the Missouri River between Sioux City, Iowa, and Omaha, potentially disrupting travel on Interstates 29 and 680.
Officials say 4 to 8 inches of rain fell Tuesday and Wednesday across parts of north-central Nebraska, washing out some roads and bridges and leading to at least one water rescue north of Ainsworth.