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Dec. 21, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Flood Panel

An independent panel says the US Army Corps of Engineers did what it could to prevent this year's record flooding along the Missouri River.

But it says changes will be needed to manage increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Hydrologist Bill Lawrence of the National Weather Service participated in the panel review. Lawrence says Montana's record-breaking rainfall in May contributed to the unprecedented runoff downstream. But he says severe wet spells, and droughts, are becoming more frequent.

Lawrence says the master manual which guides water management on the Missouri River needs to be revised to allow the Corps to better respond to changing weather patterns.