Missouri River Flooding 2011

Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (L) welcomes China's Ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong during a state dinner last year. Nixon says Mo. officials expect to finalize billions of dollars of export agreements during an upcoming trip to China.
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Nixon to announce details of China trip

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says state officials expect to finalize billions of dollars of export agreements during an upcoming trade trip to China. Nixon plans to announce more details of the trip today during a visit to a Cargill soybean processing facility in Kansas City.

The governor said Monday the trip will allow the state to sign export agreements with Chinese agencies and provide a chance for numerous Missouri businesses to close deals with Chinese customers.

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Missouri river flood reduction
11:58 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Reduction in Missouri River flow ahead of schedule

Missouri River flooding between Rulo, Neb. and Waverly, Neb.
(via Flickr/Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Susan Abbott )

The Army Corps of Engineers says flooding along the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri should end a few days sooner than predicted.

The Corps has been gradually reducing the amount of water being released from the six dams upstream since Aug. 19. Throughout the summer, roughly 160,000 cubic feet of water per second was being released from the dam near Yankton, S.D. creating flooding along the entire lower Missouri River.

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Disaster declaration
10:38 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Six northwest Mo. counties receive disaster declaration

Six counties in northwest Missouri have received federal disaster declarations for the flooding that blew the Missouri River out of its banks in June and July.
(via Flickr/USACEpublicaffairs)

The federal government has approved the disaster declaration for six counties in northwest Missouri that were pounded by flooding along the Missouri River.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday that eligible residents of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte counties can seek federal assistance uninsured property that was lost to the flood. Eligible expenses include temporary housing, home repair, and the replacement of household items.  

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Missouri River Flooding
4:07 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Senators want to know Mo. River flood plan

Aerial views of the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota area June 8, 2011. The upstream Garrison Dam was releasing water into the Missouri River at a flow of 140,000 cubic feet per second.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/Photo by Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk)

Senators from states lining the Missouri River are asking the Army Corps of Engineers to outline plans for next year's flood preparations.

The senators say in a letter sent to top Corps officials on Monday that the agency must learn from this year's devastating flood season and apply those lessons to next year's plan.

The delegation is also asking what authority the Corps has to make changes to its annual operating plan for the river, and whether any additional authority will be needed.

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Missouri River Flooding
11:39 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Missouri River dam releases to be cut in August

Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota releases 150,000 cubic feet per second of water June 14, 2011, a record that more than doubled the previous high release.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/Jay Woods)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to significantly reduce the amount of water being released into the Missouri River in late August and September.

Brig. Gen. John McMahon outlined the plan for bringing an end to flooding along the river.

The corps has been releasing massive amounts of water from the six dams along the river to deal with heavy spring rains and above-average mountain snowpack.

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Morning round-up
9:37 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Missouri River at Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Heat wave decreases flood threat on Missouri River

The heat wave that's plagued Missouri for most of July has had a positive side effect:  it's lessened the flood threat along the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Mark Fuchs is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.  Fuchs said the extreme high temperatures have dried up the soil along the Missouri River's tributaries.

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Shipping / Mo. River Flooding
10:13 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Missouri River flooding hurts barge industry

A barge traveling on the Missouri River.
(via Flickr/roberthuffstutter)

After years of drought, barge operators along the Missouri River got more rain than they had hoped for this year.

The industry had grown optimistic when rising river levels appeared to promise an increase in barge traffic this year. The Missouri Department of Transportation even projected a 15 percent to 20 percent increase.

But then the rains started, causing flooding along the 675-mile stretch from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis. That prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close the river between Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota and Glasgow, Mo.

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Missouri River Flooding
10:57 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Corps to trim key Missouri River dam releases

Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota releases 150,000 cubic feet per second of water June 14, 2011, a record that more than doubled the previous high release.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/Jay Woods)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will reduce water releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota, a sign that major Missouri River flooding could be nearing an end.

The corps' Omaha District construction chief, Robert Michaels, says the corps will decrease the water volume gradually from its current 160,000 cubic feet per second. The corps plans to drop the flow to 155,000 cubic feet per second on July 31 and cut it to 150,000 cubic feet per second on Aug. 1.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, July 11, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for the St. Louis metropolitan area due to heat index values of 110-115 degrees in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.
flickr/rcbodden

Dangerously hot in St. Louis Metro area Monday and Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Monday and Tuesday due to extreme temperatures and humidity.

John Carney with the National Weather Service says heat index values will range from 110 to 115 degrees.

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Missouri River Flooding
4:18 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Ag secretary questions Corps on Missouri flooding

Aerial views of the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota area June 8, 2011. The upstream Garrison Dam was releasing water into the Missouri River at a flow of 140,000 cubic feet per second.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/Photo by Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is taking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to task for its handling of the Missouri River, which has flooded thousands of acres of farmland in seven states.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of a June 28 letter in which Vilsack questions the Corps' decision not to release more water from dams earlier in the spring to prevent prolonged flooding this summer. The flooding followed spring rains and the melting of a deep Rocky Mountain snowpack.

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