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Releases at Gavins Point to remain high during summer and fall

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 15:59:20-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Gavins Point Dam releases will remain high during the summer and fall months. It comes after widespread rainfall led to high runoff. The dam is currently releasing at a rate of 75,000 cubic feet per second. The agency says it's more than twice the average release for this time of year.

"We will maintain Gavins Point releases at this rate to continue evacuating water from Oahe and Fort Randall, which have used much of their respective flood storage,” John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division said.

Army Corps of Engineers also notes that additional rain or lack thereof could change reservoir release rates.

In Omaha, the river reached levels of nearly 32 feet Wednesday morning.