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May 292011

(Pierre, SD) — Almost forgotten among recent disaster news is South Dakota where residents are trying to hold back the Missouri River.

Memorial Day weekend rains are expected to cause the river to swell to record heights.

The river is already overflowing thanks to record snow melt and water releases that were designed to reduce pressure on dams.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forecasts now call for more severe flooding than originally anticipated.

The South Dakota National Guard is working to build up earthen levees that protect the capital city of Pierre from flooding.

The governors of Montana and Wyoming called out National Guard troops earlier this week to help deal with flood threats.

In Idaho, Governor Butch Otter has declared a flood emergency as Columbia River tributaries overflowed their banks.

North Dakota is also expecting to see flooding from the Missouri, a major tributary to the Mississippi River.

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