Ala. Power opens dam gates

ALABAMA - Because of this week's heavy rains and additional forecast rainfall, Alabama Power has opened spillway gates at its Coosa River dams to help manage rising lake levels.

Two storage reservoirs on the Coosa - Weiss Lake and Lake Logan Martin - will go above summer pool levels and are expected to continue to rise in the coming days. Spillway gates are operating at Weiss, Logan Martin, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan dams and will be opened at Neely Henry later today.

Smith Lake, on the Black Warrior River, is above summer pool and will continue to rise as rains continue.

Alabama Power will continue to closely monitor conditions on the lakes and manage resources carefully. Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always be alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.

For more information about Alabama Power lakes online visit or call 1-800-LAKES11 (1-800-525-3711).