Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Area Reservoir Lakes Open the Flood Gates

Gull Lake rose nearly 1 foot from the normal summer operating level with all the rain over the past 10 days.

The site has received 7.71 inches of precipitation since May 19.  Nearly 3 inches of rain was recorded Sunday, according to a news release from The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the reservoir.  The Corps pulled the stop logs and fully opened all gates to the lake at the dam.

Property owners are being urged to move any boat lifts and docks to higher ground. In addition, channels between lakes will have swift currents, and boaters should exercise caution when approaching and proceeding through. Some campsites at the Gull Lake Corps campground have been closed.  Corps staff will continue to monitor the situation on the reservoir and in the river, both upstream and downstream.

The Dam Tender at the Crosslake Corps Dam reports 9.35 inches of rain between May 18th and the 28th.  Despite all the rain, The Whitefish Chain of Lakes remains below the high water level tolerances. Although, docks and boat lifts have required some adjustment to deal with the higher lake levels.

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