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In-Flow to Red Rock Continues to Slow

Posted: Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 6:29 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

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The in-flow of water at Lake Red Rock has dipped below 40,000 cubic feet per second, but is expected to see one more small increase this weekend before continuing to drop off. That’s according to the latest forecast for the reservoir from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In-flow is expected to decrease to near 38,000 cubic feet per second before going back up to near 40,000 cfs early Saturday, and then beginning to steadily reduce.

As of 5:00 a.m. Friday, the water elevation at Lake Red Rock was near 778 feet – a reduction of roughly 5 inches in the past 24 hours. That said, the water still remains 36 feet above normal conservation pool elevation and it will take a considerable amount of time to reach that point.

The latest forecast calls for no change in the discharge at the Red Rock dam, as the gates will continue to release roughly 51,000 cubic feet per second. At the current projections, it would take roughly three to four days for the lake level to decrease by two feet.