Eleven of the 12 floodgates at Bagnell Dam on The Lake of the Ozarks are open. The Lake’s owner, Ameren Missouri, is trying to ease its levels after three inches of rain fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The Lake has been near capacity since before Memorial Day Weekend. Engineer Alan Sullivan said those gates were opened at 10 percent.
“The Lake of the Ozarks has risen from 659.19 at midnight to 660.5 at 10 a.m. The rain continues and the Lake continues to rise,” Sullivan said. “We’ve increased plant discharge to our maximum turbine capacity … and at the same time requested Truman Dam to shut down completely.”
The National Weather Service is predicting more heavy rain tonight, with two- to four inches of rain possible in parts of central and southern Missouri.
Sullivan says floodgates on the Bagnell Dam will be left open as long as possible to stabilize the level of the Lake.
J.T. Gerlt, KTKS, and Shawn Kober, BigPlanetMedia.com, contributed to this story.