SIOUXLAND— High water on the Missouri River through South Dakota is freeing logs and other debris that’s speeding downriver and accumulating at the dams.
Operations project manager Dave Becker at Gavins Point Dam near Yankton says the debris is keeping the power plant there from running all three turbines.
He says the corps is using a crane mounted on a barge to remove debris piles. Corps spokesman John Bertino said the problem isn’t as serious at the Oahe Dam north of Pierre.
He says the dam’s intakes and outlets are deep enough that the debris flows underneath and doesn’t cause problems for the powerhouse.
Parts of the river are closed to boating because the debris can be a hazard.
SIOUXLAND—Flooding isn’t keeping people away from South Dakota parks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Nearly all of the state’s 4,000 campsites are booked. That excludes the roughly 500 sites that are unavailable due to flooding.
Flooding along the Missouri River and elsewhere has closed seven parks for the season and restricted access to dozens of boat ramps.
State Parks Director Doug Hofer says the Game, Fish and Parks Department has documented 20 parks with significant damage, and the list is likely to grow.
But Hofer points out that most of the state parks system is unaffected by flooding, and he urges people not to cancel their summer plans.