ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, updated the forecast crest for Big Sandy Lake, near McGregor, Minn., June 25.
The Corps now expects Sandy Lake to crest Friday, June 29, at an elevation between 1,223 and 1,223.5 feet.
The Corps anticipates lake levels to drop at a very slow rate once the lake crests. If additional rainfall occurs within the basin, the crest could rise higher than currently forecast.
The Corps reminds lake residents during these periods of high water, wind and wave action can increase the lake level. High winds could have an impact of up to an additional 0.5 feet on the downwind side of the lake.
The Corps placed sandbags on the north side of the dam to protect the structure from potential erosion. This is a precautionary effort.
For information on protecting property from a flood, visit the St. Paul District website: http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/docs/disaster_response/CEMVP_Flood-Fight_Handbook_2009.pdf
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $175 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 12-074