Neither God, nor freak rain events, or the tiny piping plover caused the Missouri River flood of 2011. Rather, humans, and their ignorance, greed, and hubris, brought the floodwaters down upon this area.
The Army Corps deserves much of the blame for the flood. The Army kept the Montana and Dakota reservoirs high when the impoundments should have been low. Consequently, the reservoirs did not have enough storage space to capture the descending super flood. To prevent the dams from being overtopped and washed away, the Army released unprecedented amounts of water from Gavin’s Point Dam. Continue Reading »