Fort Peck Dam Repair May Top $225 Million
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the price tag on proposed fixes to Montana's Fort Peck Dam following major flooding along the Missouri River could top $225 million.
But with money short, Corps officials said Wednesday they will be able to afford only $46 million in interim fixes for now.
Record snowfalls and massive spring rains in Wyoming and Montana last year prompted the release of unprecedented volumes of water from the Corps' six Missouri River dams.
The torrent damaged Fort Peck's spillway gates and eroded areas downstream from the dam, located at the top of the Missouri River system.
Fort Peck Project Manager John Daggett says the planned repairs will ensure the spillway can be used to safely release water during future flooding.