Well, OPPD is a government utility; it’t not like they have stockholders to please. :-0
“The dams on the Missouri are running all turbines 24/7 in an attempt to clear as much water downstream as possible. I’d guess that the Ft. Calhoun power output isn’t really needed that badly right now.”
Correction, The Turbines pretty much run 24/7. I have toured Gavins Point Dam a couple of times. The crime here is that the corp of engineers ought to have opened the flood gates in March. As with any govt agency, they are reactive.
The floodgates are wide open at Gavins Point Dam.
“The crime here is that the corp of engineers ought to have opened the flood gates in March. As with any govt agency, they are reactive.”
Well I’m no expert, but the heavy snowfalls in the watershed were there for them to see and measure all along.
Lets just hope all the dams hold. I was streaming KFAB out of Omaha at work on Thursday. They had the guy on who wrote the article in the St Louis paper about the possibility of one of the dams failing.
It would of course be catastrophic IF it happened. He wasn’t predicting it would; but just saying it is a scenario to be aware of.
The Corps opens or closes gates depending on the porblems the water may cause downstream. Opening the gates in March may have caused bigger problems with the record flood on the lower Mississippi in May.