The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River from upstream dams will remain at a high level for several months because of recent heavy rain and remaining snowpack.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it expects water releases from reservoirs on the Missouri to be above average through the summer and possibly until November.

The Corps says that for now it’s maintaining the amount of water that’s being released from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border at 75,000 cubic feet (2,124 cubic meters) per second. The Corps’ John Remus says that’s more than twice the average release of water for this time of year.

In this Monday, June 3, 2019 photo, debris floats in floodwaters near the confluence of Perche Creek and the Missouri River in the central-Missouri town of McBaine, Mo. (Kate Seaman/Missourian via AP)
In this Monday, June 3, 2019 photo, debris floats in floodwaters near the confluence of Perche Creek and the Missouri River in the central-Missouri town of McBaine, Mo. (Kate Seaman/Missourian via AP)

That may worsen flooding downstream, where many levees have been damaged due to recent high water.

In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 photo, Doug Elley rows his canoe through floodwaters down the center of town in Lupus, Mo.. Elley is a former mayor of the town. He now owns and manages the Lupus General Store. Elley and other central Missourians see the recent floods as reminiscent of the Great Flood of 1993.
In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 photo, Doug Elley rows his canoe through floodwaters down the center of town in Lupus, Mo.. Elley is a former mayor of the town. He now owns and manages the Lupus General Store. Elley and other central Missourians see the recent floods as reminiscent of the Great Flood of 1993. “There might be less water,” he said. “But it’s the same feeling as ’93.” (Armond Feffer/Missourian via AP)