SIOUXLAND—Below-average rainfall in October allowed Missouri River reservoirs to somewhat recover from wet conditions earlier this year. A Friday release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says stream flows continue to be above normal along the James and Big Sioux rivers in South Dakota and along the Platte River in Nebraska. They’re expected to remain high into early December. Runoff for the year is expected to total 38.5 million acre-feet, or 155 percent of normal. The corps says that marks the third-highest runoff since records were first kept more than 110 years ago. The corps says there will be higher-than-normal releases in November to help reservoirs prepare for 2011 runoff. An estimated 2.7 million acre-feet needs to released.


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