It’s been a difficult few years for farmers around the Missouri River basin, where flooding has been common, especially after the “bomb cyclone” that hit parts of Nebraska and South Dakota in 2019. The Army Corps of Engineers is about 3/4 done repairing the damage that system inflicted on river infrastructure, namely the levees that breached and caused widespread flooding in the basin. While it’s always a risk, this spring is setting up with lower chances of flooding, based largely on below-normal moisture, lingering drought conditions and light snowpack in much of the region. There are still tributary areas where flooding is more likely, like around the Little Sioux River in Iowa. But barring any major storms or weather events, Missouri River system flooding may be generally less likely in 2021, especially if drought continues to stick around. See more.