Panel to review Corps of Engineers operations during Missouri River flooding

Omaha, NE – A four-person panel will review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' response and operations during this summer's Missouri River flooding.

Three members of the panel are hydrologists. A Colorado State University professor of civil engineering is also on the panel. Witt Anderson, Director of Programs for the Corps' Northwestern Division, says the study will look at all aspects of flood control and operations. For example, they'll study whether the Corps operated in line with its Missouri River master manual, and if more water should have been released from upstream dams earlier in the season.

Anderson says the Corps also plans to do its own internal study regarding storage space in the reservoirs and if flooding could have been prevented.

The panel begins its work next week. A report on Corps operations during the flood is expected in December.