Hoeven Again Presses Corps on Missouri River Water Levels and Storage

Senator Urges Corps to Ensure Adequate Storage in Preparation for Winter, Spring

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven again spoke with John Remus, Chief of Missouri River Water Management Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to ensure that the Corps is mitigating the risk for flooding given the high Missouri River levels in North Dakota. Hoeven called Remus after speaking with local leaders and residents who were concerned about the high river levels in Bismarck and ensuring adequate reservoir storage to prevent flooding. 

Remus indicated that the water level should not rise higher in the Bismarck area and that the Corps anticipates that the river will freeze in at a level that will allow the Corps to run water out of the river under the ice to free up storage. 

“I again spoke with the Corps to relay concerns about high Missouri River levels in the Bismarck area and the need to ensure adequate storage as we head into the winter months,” said Hoeven. “We are working to ensure that the Corps is planning ahead and will have the necessary storage available to mitigate spring flooding.”

Hoeven continues working to ensure that the Corps is managing the river to prevent flooding in North Dakota communities, and today’s effort follows a call in late September to outline concerns about the high river level.