7/3/2011 As Missouri floods, anger spills over at Army Corps
Source: McClatchy Newspapers
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2011
by: Dave Helling and Scott Canon
Rising waters flood a farm in the spillway of Missouri farmland after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breeched the levee near Cairo, Illinois | E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/MCT
YANKTON, S.D. — Gary Schaeffer's grandkids ran to an overlook of Gavins Point Dam.
"Ooh, man. Ooh."
Schaeffer followed and looked down in disbelief. A riot of water roiled where he'd spent a lifetime of lazy fishing.
"I've never seen anything like it," he said. "Nothing even close."
Eight years out of a decade, 1,440-foot-wide floodgates spill not so much as a bucket of the brown water into the Missouri River.
Now, with the Missouri flooding at record levels over the past two months, enough is barreling out of Lewis and Clark Lake to cover a football field three-and-a-half feet deep every second. Water will race through the dam at that record rate, ultimately swamping farms and towns for hundreds of miles downstream, through August.