Rough River Lake reaches record pool

Published April 27, 2011

Rough River Lake, Ky. – Rains during the past 24 hours have caused Rough River Lake to reach a record high pool. As part of the projects water control plan, gate operations will be initiated today. Releases through the emergency spillway are expected to begin later today. The dam is structurally sound. The release is part of the original project design and lake management.

Residents downstream from these projects will see greater amounts of release through the spillways since the lake project has gone into operation. This means stream levels may be impacted by the releases and increase the current levels below the dam.

The spillway is designed to provide a safe path for the excess flows. Then, water from the spillway re-enters downstream of 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.

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

Note: A news conference will be held 2:30 p.m. EST today at Rough River Lake to discuss releases through the emergency spillway.


Release no. 11-011

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Rough River Lake reaches record pool

Published April 27, 2011

Rough River Lake, Ky. – Rains during the past 24 hours have caused Rough River Lake to reach a record high pool. As part of the projects water control plan, gate operations will be initiated today. Releases through the emergency spillway are expected to begin later today. The dam is structurally sound. The release is part of the original project design and lake management.

Residents downstream from these projects will see greater amounts of release through the spillways since the lake project has gone into operation. This means stream levels may be impacted by the releases and increase the current levels below the dam.

The spillway is designed to provide a safe path for the excess flows. Then, water from the spillway re-enters downstream of 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.

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

Note: A news conference will be held 2:30 p.m. EST today at Rough River Lake to discuss releases through the emergency spillway.


Release no. 11-011