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Corps of Engineers updates reservoir forecasts: Big Sandy Lake cresting, Pokegama still rising

Published June 28, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, updated the forecasts for Big Sandy Lake, near McGregor, Minn., and Pokegama Lake, near Grand Rapids, Minn., June 28.

Big Sandy Lake is currently at elevation 1,222.9 feet and cresting. The lake will stay below elevation 1,223.0 feet. The Corps anticipates that, with minimal rain fall, the lake level will recede very slow following the crest.

Pokegama Lake is currently at elevation 1,276.2 feet and rising. The Corps increased the outflow by 500 cubic feet per second, or cfs, June 28. The Corps continues to evaluate downstream conditions daily to determine what changes, if any, can be made to the lake outflow. The expected crest remains unchanged at an elevation 1,276.5 to 1,277.0 feet early next week.

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Release no. 12-076