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Posted 5/4/2011

Release no. 11-019


Louisville, Ky.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cave Run Lake has reached record levels and communities are seeing impacts upstream from the project.

“We are seeing no impacts to habitable structures or impacts on life, but we are seeing impacts to ball fields, a riding center and West Liberty recreation areas,” said Anthony Orr, park manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cave Run Lake.

The reservoir is operating safely and continues to hold back runoff from the watershed and the Licking River. The reservoir is using approximately 79 percent of its storage capacity and is at a lake level 759.4 feet and is rising slowly. Releases in the tail water are currently at approximately 2,500 cubic feet per second which means residents downstream in Farmers will see a reading of 8.62 at the Farmers gage. These releases will gradually lower the level of the lake and create storage for future runoff.

During this period of high reservoir pool the dam is being monitored with 24 hour surveillance as a precautionary measure. There are no concerns over the integrity of the dam and it is performing as designed.

Cave Run Reservoir is part of an overall system of reservoirs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The system is designed to minimize flood damages by storing water caused by heavy rains until the rivers and streams are at levels that releases from the reservoirs will not cause additional flooding downstream.

The Cave Run Lake reservoir provides flood protection benefits for the downstream areas in Rowan, Harrison, Bath and Fleming counties, Pendleton and other downstream areas.

The lake has provided more than $184 million in flood damage reduction benefits since it was built in 1974.

Lake levels and other information for Corps lakes can be found at this web address: http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/opto.

For flood information through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visit: http://bit.ly/2011flood.

To monitor real time lake level information, visit the USGS web site at:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=03318005&agency_cd=USGS