The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be increasing Missouri River flows from Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, instead of cutting back flows as planned.
Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps' Missouri River Basin Water Management Division says river conditions have changed with the weather:
Farhat says the increased releases should not have much impact on the upstream reservoirs, which are already in drought storage mode. She says when releases are reduced, possibly in early January, they will drop back only to 14,000 cubic feet per second, not the 12,000 as had been planned.
FREEZING RAIN AND FAILURE TO WEAR A SEAT BELT CONTRIBUTED TO TWO FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN UNION COUNTY ON INTERSTATE 29 TUESDAY MORNING.
THE SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS 27 YEAR OLD ANGELA BETH SNOOZY OF EMERY SOUTH DAKOTA DIED WHEN HER NORTHBOUND CAR SLID ON THE ICY HIGHWAY AT MILE MARKER 15 SOUTH OF ELK POINT, CROSSED THE MEDIAN INTO THE SOUTHBOUND LANE AND COLLIDED WITH A GARBAGE TRUCK AROUND 7AM.
SNOOZY WAS EJECTED FROM HER VEHICLE AND SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES. INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE WAS NOT WEARING HER SEAT BELT. THE DRIVER OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK WAS NOT INJURED.
THEN AT 7:40AM, 38 YEAR OLD TONYA MARIE ANDERSON OF AKRON, IOWA DIED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED WHEN SHE LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE AND ROLLED NEAR MILE MARKER 35 SOUTH OF BERESFORD.
INVESTIGATORS SAY ANDERSON WAS EJECTED FROM HER VEHICLE AND ALSO WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT.
A THIRD ACCIDENT AT MILE MARKER 26 NEAR VERMILLION RESULTED IN THAT VICTIM SUSTAINING CRITICAL INJURIES.
THE NAME OF THAT VICTIM HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET.
SEVERAL OTHER ROLLOVERS OR VEHICLES SKIDDING OFF ROADWAYS WERE REPORTED IN THE TRI STATE AREA THIS MORNING BY AUTHORITIES.