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Posted 5/3/2011

Release no. 11-016

Louisville, Ky. – In the last 24 hours, Taylorsville Lake, received more than three inches of rain, causing the lake to rise to a new record high pool of 590.0 as of 3pm today. The lake is expected to crest near full pool of 592 feet later today or tomorrow. Once this occurs, releases may be seen through the uncontrolled spillway. The dam is operating as designed and is structurally sound.

As part of the project’s Water Control Plan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently releasing 530 cubic feet per second through the conduit. If full pool is exceeded, all releases will occur through the uncontrolled spillway. These releases are expected to be less than 2,500 cfs. These releases are part of the project’s original design, and allow the project to provide downstream flood mitigation benefits, even when 100% full.

Taylorsville Lake 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 spillway is designed to provide a safe path for the excess flows. Water from the spillway enters the Salt River, a short distance downstream from the dam. Water releases are managed by Corps’ hydrology and hydraulics departments in concert with other government agencies.

The Corps coordinates with local, state and other emergency management agencies and officials to share information on current conditions at its reservoirs.

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.

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