Corps of Engineers to inspect Gavins Point Dam for post-flood damage

May 6, 2012

The Missouri River is expected to drop nearly three feet at Omaha at the end of this week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspects Gavins Point Dam.

John Remus, chief of the Omaha District’s hydrologic engineering branch, says the spillway slabs sustained some damage during last year’s Missouri River flood event. The Corps plans to cut water releases from Gavins Point to zero on Wednesday. "This will allow us to get our contractors out on the spillway slab, do our geophysical explorations, some corings, as well as minor repairs to the drain system. This operation will result in stage decreases below Gavins Point Dam."

The Corps anticipates a stage reduction at Omaha next Friday and Saturday of 2.8 feet due to the inspection. The inspection is scheduled to last about eight hours.