Due to above average water levels at Harry S Truman Reservoir in Warsaw, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday releases of water at Truman will be increased to 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) starting today. The corps did not say how long the increased release would last.
Corps officials said releases are being made in coordination with Ameren Missouri, the owner of Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Truman Lake has risen to 727.3 feet and 47.8 percent of the flood control pool is occupied. Corps officials said drawing the reservoir back down allows for releases from upstream reservoirs and helps to prepare for future rain events.
Ameren officials said they had lowered the levels at the Lake of the Ozarks in anticipation of the water releases from Truman.
With a 50,000 cfs release from Truman, Ameren officials said the Lake of the Ozarks should rise about a half-a-foot a day. They added they will monitor the lake levels over the next few days and probably early next week will decide if Bagnell's flood gates should be opened.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Bagnell was putting out 40,000 cfs of water, which Ameren officials said is the level they would be at for the full generation of electricity at Bagnell.