OPPD is already working to understand potential 2020 flood season along the Missouri River and its impacts on utility operations and property.
By maintaining close communications with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a cross-functional OPPD team is analyzing river trends and proactively locating resources to mitigate forecast impacts.
The Corps projects above-average releases from upstream reservoirs over the winter in an effort to deplete stored waters. Snow pack in the mountains and plains is a variable they will closely monitor. When that accumulation melts in the spring, it will likely be on top of saturated soil, which would increase runoff.
At a public meeting in late October, the Corps shared a presentation, which included the following:
OPPD’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is applying the lessons learned from flooding in 2019. They can then use those lessons to address potential 2020 floods.
The group has actively gathered information from 2019 and is analyzing the data for possible inclusion in the BCP ahead of the upcoming flood season. They are also working closely with operations teams to evaluate protective measures left in place from 2019 that may provide future protection.
The series of 2019 floods tested the resiliency of OPPD’s equipment and its people. The following stories spotlight OPPD personnel’s efforts, sacrifices and successes.
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