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Posted 7/13/2015

Release no. 15-009


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Carol Labashosky
(502) 315-6769
Carol.j.labashosky@usace.army.mil

Louisville, KY — Incoming rain forecasted the first of this week by the National Weather Service for the Upper Wabash River Basin,  and runoff from today’s event will prompt the Corps to increase water releases from the Mississinewa, Roush and Salamonie lakes. Water releases are necessary to preserve the integrity of the dam. 

Communities that are likely to experience impacts from the water releases are Huntington, Andrews, Lagro, Wabash, Peru, and those communities between Peru and Logansport. The severity of these potential impacts cannot be determined at this time.

This is a collaborative effort and the projects’ water releases are coordinated with the NWS, USGS, state and local Emergency Management Agencies. The Corps is working with local and state emergency management officials to keep people safe and informed.

“Preparedness is the key during any potential flood event,” said Chuck Oliver, chief, emergency operations center, Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District. The National Weather Service and the Corps encourage people to stay away from floodwater. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving floodwater produces more force than most people imagine. It is dangerous to try to walk or drive in floodwater. Two feet of water will carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks. “Turn around – don’t drown.” You can protect yourself best by being prepared and having time to act.

Lake report:  http://lrl-apps.lrl.usace.army.mil/wc/reports/lkreport.html
Area river gauges:  http://go.usa.gov/3wCEf

Current elevations:
Salamonie is 788.82 feet; spillway is 793 feet
Roush is 791.48 feet; top of crest gates is 800 feet
Mississinewa is 774.80; spillway is 779 feet