More water is being released into the Missouri River from the upstream reservoirs, creating the highest water level on the Missouri since 2011.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is releasing more water than usual from the upstream dams due to increased runoff which has raised the level of the reservoirs. The Corps reports record fall runoff downstream on the Missouri River as well, adding to the higher than usual water level.
The Corps says runoff levels are the highest they have been since 2011 and only lag that year and 1997. The runoff forecast for this year is just over 41 million-acre feet. In 1997, it was 49 million-acre feet. The record was set in 2011, when it reached 61 million-acre feet.
Corps official say they hope to have reservoir levels down far enough this winter to be ready for spring runoff.
Barge season on the Missouri River has been extended, because of the high water by 10 days. It is not scheduled to end December 11th.