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Record floods pound Dakotas, moving downstream

A combination of 140% normal snowpack and heavy rains have filled mainstem Missouri River reservoirs and the Corps of Engineers has begun releasing unprecedented flows of water from the dams.

Sandbagging has begun in Montana, North and South Dakota as predicted releases seem to climb each day. The latest announcement on May 28 is that lower dams, including Gavin's Point Dam (the most downstream dam) will be quickly increase their flows and be releasing 150,000 cubis feet per second (cfs) by mid-June.  These predictions have been changing daily.

Heavy rains in the lower basin have caused levels there to spike and most communities from Omaha downstream are predicted to enter flood stage by this weekend.

We've been collecting a news feed of published stories on the web about Missouri River flooding throughout the basin. Click here to access that feed, published on our Big Muddy News blog»

To check river level projections at all gages along the Missouri River, visit the NWS Advanced Hydrological Predictions page for the Missouri River. Click the gages you want to see on the left, then the information you want on the right, then click "Create my River Page" at the bottom. This can then be bookmarked for continuous reference.

For the latest information supplied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on flood inundation maps, levee vulnerability, press releases and updated forecasts see:

For links to more river watching products, see our River Links page.

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Rivermiles TV is hitting a PBS station near you!


If you had a boat and a river, where would you go?

At Rivermiles, they get to answer that question every week. Our friends Jodi Pfefferkorn and Scott Mansker have put together their first season of a PBS series called "Rivermiles". Each week they hop in a boat to explore another facet of the Missouri River or one of its tributaries.

The series is kicking off this weekend in mid-Missouri and Kansas City, with a schedule to be announced later this summer in St. Louis.

The second episode is all about a Missouri River Relief clean-up!

The series is running Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. on KMOS in mid-Missouri and Sundays at 1 p.m. on KCPT in Kansas City.

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Upriver Clean-ups in the Bag!

Siouxland Clean-up is in the bag.

We just wrapped up several weeks of events in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. Thanks to the help of some really wonderful partners and volunteers, there are 15 fewer tons of junk on the Missouri River.

Here's some links to results, stories, photos and more about these great upriver events:

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May 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series

"Tales from Overton Bottoms"

A conversation with writers Fred Oerly and Meredith Ludwig about Mr. Oerly's childhood growing up in the little town of Overton on the banks of the Missouri River.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. May 10, 2011
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

(directions below)
Presentation is FREE!
Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

Join us for our monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series at the Les Bourgeois Bistro.

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New River Relief Video

It's called "Gathered by Thousands, Measured in Tons", and it's a look at the work Missouri River Relief volunteers have accomplished during the past 10 years and why.

Jodi Pfefferkorn of Flaming Fiddle Productions and the Columbia/Kansas City marketing agency Woodruff Sweitzer put this piece together using historical footage from past Missouri River Relief events.

Click here to view on You-Tube»

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