Open the Flood Gates

Following up on the previous post, managers of Falls and Jordan lakes are nearing the end of their lake draw down.  For two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the flood storage usage of these lakes was in full effect as manages nearly eliminated water release from these dams.  While that helped downstream communities from having additional upstream floodwaters piled onto already devastating floods, it also led to extremely high water levels at the lakes.

With the downstream floods abated, lake managers began drawing down the lakes’ levels September 25th.  As demonstrated by Hurricane Florence, uses of these lakes goes well beyond drinking water and their conservation remains a high priority.

Falls Lake draw down after Florence. The Lake nearing its managed target level of 252 ft.
Downstream Falls Water Releases – A hydrograph that could only be created under a man-made conditions.

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