The Missouri River flood was unstoppable
October 16, 2011
A lengthy story in the Omaha World-Herald exhaustively examines the flooding of 2011
along the Missouri River and concludes that the floods were unavoidable, given the extraordinary nature of this year's snowmelt and precipitation, alongside expectations that water levels in the Missouri River system are to be managed for conservation in drought years as well as for flood management in wet years. Not everyone will be satisfied with the conclusions of the article, just as not everyone will be satisfied with the floodwater management approach adopted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. But the observations in the World-Herald article are worth reading and understanding for future floods.
last revised October 2011