Monday, February 01, 2016

January 2016 Lake Level and Discharge

The effects of December's flooding are only now truly receding.  Ameren has kept Bagnell Dam discharge at full generating capacity (above 37,500cfs) for almost the entire month in order to help take pressure off of Truman Lake which maintained minimal flow in December to help with flooding.

In fact, flood gates apparently were opened again from January 5th to January 16th.  Discharge remains nearly at full generating capacity starting February.  The 5 year moving average (in orange) shows typical lake level for this time of year and as can be seen, is nearly two feet higher. Ameren continues to try to reach drawdown levels as expected, but they will need to maintain +30,000cfs outflow to make it to the average low level by mid-Februrary.