May 24, 2012 6:36 PM
Last year, there was record snowfall in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Wyoming. In the spring, prolonged heavy rain pummeled Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. During the last 2 weeks in May 2011, almost a year’s worth of rain fell in the upper Missouri River basin. This onslaught of water found it’s way into the Missouri River.
Water was released in epic proportions from reservoirs along the river in an effort to make room for the influx of water in the river. At one point, Gavins Point Dam released 16,000 cubic feet per second of water. The water poured from the dam – turbulent, roiling violently, powerfully crashing downstream. [More]