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Water releases slowed from some Dakotas dams

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The Corps of Engineers is slowly lowering water releases from some Missouri River dams in the Dakotas.

Releases at Garrison Dam in North Dakota are being lowered from 140,000 cubic feet per second to 105,000 cfs by early August. U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist Steven Robinson tells The Bismarck Tribune that officials aren't sure how the flooding river will react.

Downstream in South Dakota, flows also are being slowly reduced from the Oahe and Big Bend dams. Corps spokeswoman Jody Farhat says part of the reason is the "tremendous" amount of water downstream in the Fort Randall Reservoir.

The corps says runoff into the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa, in June was the highest for a single month since the start of recordkeeping in 1898.