PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — People from central South Dakota will get a chance to offer their comments and raise questions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after all.
The corps now plans to hold its spring public meeting in Pierre. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. CT, Monday, April 15, at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center, 920 W. Sioux Avenue.
The original meeting was canceled due to blizzard conditions that prevented the Corps officials from landing at the local airport, according to a news release issued Friday.
The plane instead took officials from Bismarck, North Dakota, to Sioux City, Iowa, for a public meeting there later Wednesday. The corps held a series of meetings in states along the Missouri River.
There are six mainstem dams along the river: One in Montana, one in North Dakota and four in South Dakota. Oahe Dam, north of Pierre and Fort Pierre, is one of the six.
“We value the importance of these public meetings and know the residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre have questions about planned operations at Oahe. We want to provide them information first-hand,” John Remus said in the release.
He is chief of the Missouri Basin Water Management Division for the corps.
The news release said slides from the original meeting are available online at under Annual Operations Plans and Public Meetings.
The Bismarck and Sioux City meetings were recorded, according to the release, and a video will be later available online.
#MissouriRiver Update 4/12https://t.co/t01JDyDBRl
System storage is 64.3 MAF; 8.2 MAF of the 16.3 MAF of flood control storage is occupied. About 50% of the flood control storage remains available to store runoff this spring and summer. pic.twitter.com/kF7LWanJcA— USACE NWD (@NWDUSACE) April 12, 2019