Carroll County residents continue to question the Army Corps of Engineers practices and ongoing length of the infamous “flood fight.” About a dozen Carroll County residents gathered at the courthouse Friday morning to speak with a representative from the Office of Congressman Sam Graves.
Dick Whitney, a farmer from Carrollton, said he doesn’t understand why the Corps has changed their priorities. “It’s hard to say what may be the outcome. We need some long-term revision on how things are managed. Those in charge of river management are not directly impacted by the results. Therefore, they act without any regards to people’s livelihood,” Whitney said.
“Is it pertinent that they release the amount of water they have been? Is it necessary to do what they are doing to all of the farmers down through the 800 miles of river? Do they realize the damage? We’re looking at losing it all and the people above us already have,” said Carrollton resident Curtis Swearingen.
About 1.2 million gallons of water flows through Gavin’s Point Dam every second and the Army Corps of Engineers moved forward with their plans Thursday to increase releases. According to Chief of Missouri River Basin Water Management Jody Farhat they are not altering flows despite threats of showers and thunderstorms this weekend. “At all of the locations below the reservoir, the peak stages for this summer are going to be in response to a rainfall event upstream,” stated Farhat.
Colonel Bob Ruch, Commander of the Omaha District, said evidence of the increased flows in St. Joseph will be seen in a couple of days. “We could tell you Monday morning, afternoon, or Tuesday morning. I would like to give a better answer than that. However, it is not the way this has worked with the various tributary flows,” Ruch said.
More than one trillion gallons of water will now flow through Gavin’s Point Dam a day.
After an epic battle in the 1940s, Congress authorized the corps to be in charge of a system of dams. The Flood of 2011 involved several days of increased rainfall amounts that forced a sudden departure from the Army engineers’ bible of Missouri River management – the “Master Manual,” officials contend.