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US - USACE (United States Army Corps of Engineers) And Lessons From 2011

The decade that’s passed since the Missouri River flood of 2011 has seen a lot of changes in the way we look at the river, and that also includes the entity that manages and oversees it.

The decade that’s passed since the Missouri River flood of 2011 has seen a lot of changes in the way we look at the river, and that also includes the entity that manages and oversees it.

A story in Saturday’s Press & Dakotan looked back on the historic flood and how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) faced this epic crisis. The story also discussed what lessons the Corps learned and has applied since, especially during the bomb cyclone flooding of 2019.

While mechanical issues on operating the dams have been modified with the passage of time, how the Corps has dealt with the public has clearly evolved. Expanded communication has become a priority, which has included monthly webinars during the first half of each year, and perhaps longer in cases of emergencies. (The 2019 flood was one such example; for exactly the opposite problem, this is happening currently because of the expanding drought conditions.) These webinars cover the entire basin, which brings everyone to the table in discussing shared issues.

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