... assented in 1944 to a combined plan cooked up by the Corps and the irrigation-focused Bureau of Reclamation to dam the Missouri … 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). Fish & Wildlife Service, Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203, January 2012. 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. The Cedar River is continuing to rise, threatening the stability of the dam. 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. 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. Photo credit: USFWS, 2002 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… 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. In 1803 the United States purchased the rights to govern the Louisiana Territory, an area which spread from the Mississippi River … 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. The Missouri River used to be out of control. The Missouri River Basin rose to record heights and broke its banks after hard winter rain couldn’t be absorbed into the frozen soil. 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. 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. There is a possibility a failure of Fort Peck Dam could lead to a domino-like collapse of all five downstream dams. The Missouri River has an important place in American history. 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.