Hoeven Again Presses Corps to Prevent Upstream Flooding on Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today again pressed Colonel John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, to prevent flooding in upstream Missouri River communities. 

“I again spoke with Colonel Hudson to relay concerns about the river level in North Dakota,” said Hoeven. “While we’re sympathetic to the flooding downstream, the Corps needs to ensure they prevent upstream flooding. I relayed our concerns about the reduction in water releases from the Garrison Dam and again urged the Corps to manage the Missouri River to prevent flooding in North Dakota communities.”

Hudson told Hoeven that there is still storage available in Lake Sakakawea and that the Corps would be ramping up releases from the Garrison Dam starting around June 10 or 11. 

Throughout the spring, Hoeven has repeatedly pressed the Corps to ensure adequate upstream storage and to take the steps necessary to prevent flooding in upper states.