Dry, warm spring leads to low water levels at Upper Wabash lakes

Published May 22, 2012
LOUISVILLE, KY  – Unseasonably warm, dry weather has caused two lakes in the Upper Wabash area to remain below summer pool. As of May 21, 2012, 6 a.m., Mississinewa Lake in Peru, Ind., was 7.6 ft. below its summer pool level (737 ft.), and Salamonie Lake in Lagro, Ind., was 14 ft. below its summer pool level (755 ft.).
 
In the winter, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood protection reservoirs (lakes) are lowered in anticipation of spring rains.
 
"Unfortunately we are at the mercy of Mother Nature to provide us the rains for spring fill up, and they simply have not come this year," said Mark Cazier, manager at Mississinewa Lake. "The process may be slow."
 
The dams at both lakes are operating as designed.

Release no. 12-004

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