Earlier this week, Iowa Governor Chet Culver expressed concerns over flood control at Iowa’s reservoirs, at which time it was also announced that the crest gates at the Saylorville Dam were not functioning correctly. Sherri Duey, Operations Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Red Rock says the gates at Saylorville control the upper limits of its floodwater capacity, adding that she doesn’t think the problems with the crest gates at Saylorville will have an immediate impact on Lake Red Rock.
Duey says while waters have gone over the spillway once this summer at Saylorville, the current water elevation is not threatening to be sending excess water downstream in the near future. Saylorville Lake is around twenty feet below its maximum capacity. It may take more than a year before repairs can be made to the air bladder system that controls the crest gates at the Saylorville Dam.