ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will be increasing outflow from Lac Qui Parle Dam, located northwest of Montevideo, Minn., to 4,500 cubic feet per, or cfs, Wednesday, June 26. Depending on additional rainfall, releases from the dam are expected to remain at this level into the first week of July.
Due to heavy rains June 21-23, inflows will peak near 8,000 cfs this week and outflows must be increased in order to keep the pool below the emergency spillway. The pool is currently at elevation 937.2 feet. Target pool elevation is 933 feet and the elevation of the emergency spillway is 941.1 feet.
The public is urged to be mindful of increased flows downstream of Lac Qui Parle Dam on the Lac Qui Parle and Minnesota rivers. The current will be much stronger than normal and carry more debris and sediment.
To see current forecasts for the Minnesota River, please see the National Weather Service’s website:
The nearly 700 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
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Release no. 13-079