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GAVINS PT. DAM MANAGER HOPES TO LOWER WATER RELEASES SOON

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Releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River near Yankton jumped to one hundred thousand cubic feet per second for a time overnight as Lewis & Clark Lake behind the dam rose to a record level.

Gavins Point Operations Manager Tom Curran says big inflows from the Niobrara River pushed the lake rapidly up:

OC….Inflows :17

The lake rose to a level of 1212.27 feet, almost two feet above the old record of 1210.8 feet:

Curran says they hope to reduce flows below the current 90,000 CFS soon:

OC…..as well :14

The Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River failed Thursday and that sent a big surge of water into the Yankton lake:

Curran says they are anticipating more ice and debris flowing toward the dam:

OC……….stretch of reservoir :14

The river level at the gauge in Yankton jumped over ten feet to near minor flood stage.

Thanks to Jerry Oster WNAX