Wolf Creek Dam decreasing releases to 43,000 cfs today

Wolf Creek Dam discharges water from the dam in Jamestown, Ky. March 13, 2019. Water managers are reducing discharges from 52,000 to 43,000 cubic feet per second by the afternoon. (USACE photo by Misty Cravens)

JAMESTOWN, Ky – Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced that releases at Wolf Creek Dam are decreasing from 52,000 cubic feet per second to 43,000 cfs by this afternoon.

As of 7 a.m. today, Lake Cumberland is at elevation 741.56 and falling. A total of 47.2 percent of the flood control pool is currently being utilized.

“We will be cutting back slowly, spacing out cuts of approximately 2,000 cfs per hour,” explained Anthony Rodino, Nashville District Water Management Section chief.

Rodino said after the rainfall moves through the area later this week, the current plan is to allow discharges to slowly fall in the days following as the water level in the reservoir continues to drop.

The public is encouraged to go to River Status to get the latest information about water management in the Cumberland River Basin at http://riverstatus.usace.army.mil.

For more information about how the Nashville District operates the Cumberland River Reservoir System, see the Water Management Education Series at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Missions/WaterManagement/EducationSeries.aspx.

As necessary, news and information regarding water management and flood operations will be made available on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.

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