Freedom — June 3, 2012 — My last report a few days ago (May 30th) listed the water level at almost a foot over summer standard and the dam was closed. At 2 pm that day, four and a half south side gates were opened. Water level dropped to about 9″ over summer level. Some rain all day yesterday (Saturday) and predictions of up to 5″ of rain today followed by rain the rest of the week.
I was at the dam at 11am yesterday when two big white trucks arrived with the words “Dam Bureau” on the doors. It was like having the mounted infantry come over the hill in an old western movie. The crew of two went to work, first opening south gate #4 all of the way, and then removing 40 of the stop logs on the north side. This is the first time I actually saw the logs come out. At 90 lbs. per log, this is heavy work, but they got the job done in less than an hour.
So far the increased flow rate does not show up on the State’s website.
If we really get half of the predicted rain, I think the lake level will reach 2-3 feet over summer level early this coming week. It’s time to tie down everything that floats.
It was 14 years ago starting on the 15th of June that we had a week of heavy rain and the water level reached over 413′ (6′ over summer level). The best nature has done since then is 410′ with a day or so reaching 412. Much credit goes to action of the Dam Bureau and people in big white trucks.