Bob Howell - WSFA 12 News Anchor -
(Birmingham, AL) - Alabama Power Company reacts to heavy rains by opening spillway gates on several of its dams.
Here's the company's news release regarding the situation:
Logan Martin Lake expected to crest above summer pool Because of this week's abnormally heavy rains, Alabama Power is operating spillway gates at Henry, Logan Martin, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan dams on the Coosa River to help manage flows and rising lake levels.
The company also plans to open spillway gates at Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River today. Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa is expected to rise above its normal summer pool level of 465 feet sometime late today and is expected to reach a peak elevation just under 467 feet sometime Sunday or Monday.
Alabama Power is working to maintain lake elevations at or below summer pool at its other storage reservoirs. However, the use of its flood easements above summer pool to manage high flows is always possible.
Alabama Power will continue to closely monitor conditions and manage resources on the lakes 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.