Less Water Flowing Through Gavin's Point Dam
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
July 31, 2011 6:30 PM
About one million gallons of water still flow through Gavin’s Point Dam.
But for the first time in more than a month, releases from the dam decreased. The first decrease happened Saturday morning with another scheduled for Monday.
People came to get one last glimpse of the record release.
Edgar Slaughter from Dallas, Texas, was born in Sioux City, Iowa. “This is kind of a once in a life time event.”
Still with 155,000 cubic feet of water flowing through the dam, some residents from Sioux City think about how the water effects people downstream.
“It's pretty scary knowing how about all the houses getting ruined and having to move away,” said Reis Carlson.
“Maybe, it’ll give them time to recover a little bit down there. And get things back to normal down there,” said Slaughter.
But on a hot day the spray from the river helps keep people cool.
“I got splashed once. A big splash, with my cousin,” said, soon to be fifth-grader, Carlson.
Taking one last snapshot of the record release.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve never seen the dam this open,” said Slaughter.
There might maybe less exciting photo opportunities at Gavin’s Point Dam. But, flood victims down stream feel relief with the releases going down.