Siouxland residents will notice the Missouri River water levels beginning to recede soon.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday began incrementally reducing water releases from Gavins Point Dam from 58,000 cubic feet to a winter rate of 20,000 cfs by Dec. 11. On Monday, releases were at 52,000 cfs.
The winter releases from the dam near Yankton, South Dakota, will be higher than the average winter mark of 12,000 cfs-17,000 cfs so the corps can continue to evacuate above-average runoff into the Missouri River’s six reservoirs to make room for next spring’s runoff. Releases were above average all summer and fall.