Gavins Point releases to increase to 70,000 cfs by Wednesday

YANKTON, SD (News Channel Nebraska) – Releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota are slated to increase by 10,000 cubic feet per second this week.

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that runoff from the dam was increased by five-thousand cubic feet per second Tuesday. That will be followed by another five thousand cfs increase Wednesday, bringing Gavins Point up to 70,000 cubic feet per second.

Officials with the Corps say the increased releases are necessary due to heavy rainfall over much of Nebraska, South Dakota and central North Dakota in the last week.

The Corps says releases will remain higher than average into the fall in order to create flood storage capacity for the 2020 runoff season.