OMAHA, Neb. (AP) June 5 – The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will remain at a high level because of all the rain that fell in the area over the last month.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at 75,000 cubic feet per second because of all the recent rain.

The Corps’ John Remus says the amount of water being released into the river is more than twice the average for this time of year.

That may worsen flooding downstream because many levees were damaged by flooding in March.


Governor Pete Ricketts has issued another emergency declaration in response to the bad weather. This one covers the storms from may 16th thru the beginning of June.

The Governor said the declaration allows state funds to be used to recover from the severe storms, flooding, hail and tornadoes over the past few weeks. The governor cited the rise in river levels that have closed roads in Eastern Nebraska, tornadoes across the state, and disaster declarations issued by 12 counties.