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Alabama Power Opens Spillway Gates on Coosa River

Spillways like this one on Lake Jordan were opened Wednesday to help manage heavy rainfall. Spillways like this one on Lake Jordan were opened Wednesday to help manage heavy rainfall.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Spillway gates are being opened at dams all along the Coosa River according to Alabama Power. Action was taken to open the gates after heavy rains pushed up lake levels.

Weiss Lake and Lake Logan Martin, two storage reservoirs along the Coosa, are nearing their summer pool levels and officials expect them to continue rising in the coming days.

Each of the reservoirs is expected to crest sometime this week around 2 feet above their summer pool levels.

Spillway gates are also operating Wednesday at Neely Henry, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan dams on the Coosa River.

Alabama Power says Smith Lake, on the Black Warrior River, is also rising and could reach a peak near 516 feet later this week. That's about six feet above normal summer elevation.

Alabama Power says it 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.

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