River Reservoirs Ready For Melting Mountain Snowpack

OMAHA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri River reservoir system is ready to capture spring runoff, which is forecast at slightly above average.

The corps reports periods of warming have caused some of the plains snowpack to melt and enter the reservoir system. Mountain snowpack remains about 4 percent above average.

Typically,  64 percent of the mountain snowpack occurs by Feb. 1.

Corps engineer Joel Knofczynski says they have already hit their flood storage goals.

Knofcynski: “On January 15th, the reservoir system storage reached 56.1-million acre feet which is at the base of the annual flood control zone. This means that all of the stored 2017 flood waters have been evacuated from the system.”

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