1.1 million gallons flowing every second from Gavin’s Point
Record amounts of water are rushing from the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota. The Army Corps of Engineers increased the release there to 150,000 cubic feet per second on Tuesday. That's more than a million gallons of water rushing into the already swollen Missouri River per second. The corps will continue releasing water at that pace until the end month.
The dam has become the area's main attraction. Jan Schiferl from Fordyce says, “It really is amazing. Pictures do not do it justice. It's like Niagra Falls, it's scary.”
Kenneth Schoch of Benson adds, “I've never seen the wake and stuff like that. You get the feeling of the force of the water and pressure on the levees.”
The Army Corps of Engineers had to open the dam because of extra high levels of rain and snowmelt from up north in Montana, Wyoming an the Dakotas. The wild waters could reach Sioux City as early as Wednesday.