The Corps of Engineers Doubles Down on Flood Folly

It has been five months since the Missouri River overcame its banks, and for that entire time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been peddling the line that there was nothing they could have done to avoid the worst flooding to ever occur on this river.  The Corps claims that its stewardship of the six massive dams on the upper Missouri River was without flaw, and the flood of 2011 was due to extraordinarily strong spring rains in Montana. The statements of Corps representatives from the beginning have been inconsistent at best, and arguably deliberately misleading.  Water Management Chief Jody Farhat has contradicted and revised her own statements repeatedly since the alarm bells first rang on this disaster.  In response to a Corps official's runoff prediction on April 1, 2011, she characterized the looming mountain snowpack as "nothing to write home about." National Weather Service data indicates that in fact, at the time of her statement, there was indeed a great...(Read Full Article)

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