It appears there is little chance of much flooding, if any, along the Missouri River this year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports a drought in the Upper Missouri River Basin has greatly reduced flows into the Missouri River system downstream. Kevin Grode [GROW dee] with the Corps says soil conditions upstream along the Missouri, such as in North Dakota and Montana, are extremely dry. Grode says April was very dry. . .
The Corps is increasing the flow of water from Gavins Point Dam to help with navigation on the Missouri River this year. The long-term forecast from the National Weather Service calls for warmer than normal temperatures and drier than normal precipitation.