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Water releases to slow on upper Missouri

Starting Monday, less water will be flowing down the flooded Missouri River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started releasing water from dams on the upper Missouri River earlier this summer, causing flooding as it traveled downstream. The releases came after historic amounts of rainfall and runoff put the dam system in distress.

At Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota, releases will drop from 160,000 cubic feet of water per second to 150,000.

In June, when release rates jumped to 150,000, it more than doubled the previous record releases.

The rate will continue until about Aug. 16, according to the corps. Then the rate will drop daily by 5,000 cubic feet per second, until it reaches 90,000, where it will stay for about two weeks. Then it will again start dropping until it reaches 40,000 cubic feet per second.

That rate, which is expected to start at the end of September, is slightly higher than the fall average.

Levee repairs along the river may begin Dec. 1.

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