Buchanan County Emergency Management Director Bill Brinton said a dam failure to the north sent a surge of additional water into the river, worsening an already bad situation. In 1803 the United States purchased the rights to govern the Louisiana Territory, an area which spread from the Mississippi River … The emergency spillway off the Oroville Dam was the second to fail in a matter of days, after the dam's primary spillway developed a 200-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole last week. Buchanan County Emergency Management Director Bill Brinton said a dam failure to the north sent a surge of additional water into the river, worsening an already bad situation. Emergency management directors in two northwestern Missouri counties that took the brunt of this year’s flood damage have differing views on the Corps’ responsibility. There is a possibility a failure of Fort Peck Dam could lead to a domino-like collapse of all five downstream dams. The Cedar River is continuing to rise, threatening the stability of the dam. Emergency management directors in two northwestern Missouri counties that took the brunt of this year's flood damage have differing views on the Corps' responsibility. This has been excerpted from A SURVEY OF LOCK AND DAM #1 ON THE LOWER OSAGE RIVER, MISSOURI (PDF link) by Patty Herman and Tracy Hill, U.S. dam was completed and have not caused problems with the lake or dam.-From Clarence Cannon Dam, Left Abutment Conference, 7-8 September 1977. Officials in Boone County, downstream from the dam, is also in danger of imminent failure… Photo credit: USFWS, 2002 The Missouri River Basin rose to record heights and broke its banks after hard winter rain couldn’t be absorbed into the frozen soil. And after the Spencer Dam was destroyed by the floodwaters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was forced to open the Gavins Point Dam downstream to prevent it from being destroyed in turn. Fish & Wildlife Service, Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203, January 2012. The Missouri River used to be out of control. ... assented in 1944 to a combined plan cooked up by the Corps and the irrigation-focused Bureau of Reclamation to dam the Missouri … A Brief History and Summary of the Effects of River Buchanan County Emergency Management Director Bill Brinton said a dam failure to the north sent a surge of additional water into the river, worsening an already bad situation. View of Lock and Dam 27, last navigation lock on the Mississippi River, oriented north; St. Louis, Missouri, is in the background (source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). One of the more visible examples of a lake’s failure to hold water happened in Missouri a few miles south of Willow Springs, MO near the town of Pomona. The Missouri River has an important place in American history.