Corps of Engineers release 2012 Missouri River plan

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Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
-- The U.S Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to do a better job of communication during the upcoming year, but it’s not planning on any more storage space for increased snow melt and rain than it had last year.

The corps on Friday released its operating plan for the coming year. The report says the corps will maintain an “aggressive” schedule of water releases through the spring and summer months should it be faced with similar conditions to last yea.

The corps also says it will continue to work on fixing flood control structures damaged by last summer’s flooding as it can throughout the coming year. And the corps says in its report that it does not have time to fix damaged structures on the river and clear more space to hold back water.

But the corps concludes that there is only a 10 percent possibility that the upper basin area of the river will experience the same amount of snow runoff and rainfall that it did last spring.