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Why is the Missouri River so low?

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It seems like just a couple weeks ago, the community was worrying about the Missouri River having one of the floods of the century, but now if you look at it, the mighty Missouri isn't looking like what it used to be.


So with such a rainy and wet spring, why is the Missouri at such a low level compared to other years?

Earlier this spring we released some boards and pieces of steel from the face of the dam to allow more water to spill through to help handle the high flows, said Butch Larcombe

Now, NorthWestern Energy is faced with the task of fixing the Black Eagle dam after the flooding.


so as the water is dropping and its warming up we are gradually lowering the river down so we can make repairs on the dam and replace those boards and pieces of steel, said Larcombe

But with the water being so low, is it affecting the dam's energy output?


We are still able to spill through the dam and generators, is it producing as much as we like, probably not, it will affect it in the short term Im sure, said Larcombe.

Larcombe told us even though the waters are low and don't appear fast, there are still powerful currents so they ask no one to get too close to the dams
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