|By AMBER HUNT, Associated Press|
"It's still very early in the season, and a couple of good snowstorms across the mountains and upper Great Plains could move us in a different direction," Farhat said. "But right now, it all bodes well. We're tracking ahead of schedule."
Creating space in the
In the final months of 2010, the corps didn't create the same space in the river's reservoirs because Farhat said the agency had no reason to do so. But a heavy snowfall and abnormally heavy rains in April and May combined to form the highest spring runoff since 1898, swelling the river to capacity and forcing the corps to release the maximum amount of water possible from several dams instead of using them to control downstream flooding.
The corps places the odds of a repeat at 0.2 percent. Still, it has hosted numerous hearings _ both formal and informal, and for both legislators and residents _ to explain went wrong this past spring. Some of the meetings got heated as angry homeowners, hundreds of whom were forced from their homes by the rising waters, booed and shouted at corps officials.
An independent review of the corps' actions has been under way for two months, and its findings are set to be released Tuesday.
"They looked at all the information we had and the decisions we made, and they're going to tell us how they viewed our operations," said Farhat, who added that the corps is eager to hear the panel's findings.
With the flooding came huge bills:
Those residents said this past spring they weren't told of the impending flood until a day or two before the water arrived. This year, the corps plans twice-monthly conference calls beginning in January to keep states apprised of flooding risks.
So far, it does not appear the extra space will be needed.
"Based on what's happened so far this winter season, I would rate the flood risk as below average," Dutcher said. "And the main emphasis for that statement is that we don't see any significant snow accumulations yet."
But Farhat said there are other reasons to create the space for the water, including a flood-control system that's still recovering from last year's high water.
"The levees haven't been repaired," she said. "We're trying to provide some additional cushion."
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