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Annual sediment flushing exercise scheduled at Cherry Creek Reservoir

Published May 13, 2013
Cherry Creek Dam and Reservoir Project near Aurora, Colo.

Cherry Creek Dam and Reservoir Project near Aurora, Colo.

OMAHA, Neb. — The annual sediment flushing exercise will be completed at Cherry Creek Reservoir on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

A release of 50 cubic feet per second will be made at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 until the flush begins. The actual flushing exercise will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 22. This is the schedule of the planned releases.

 Gate 1 release 250 cfs  9:00-9:15 a.m.
 Gate 1 closed  9:15-9:30 a.m.
 Gate 2 release 250 cfs  9:30-9:45 a.m.
 Gate 2 closed  9:45-10:00 a.m.
 Gate 4 release 250 cfs  10:00-10:15 a.m.
 Gate 4 closed  10:15-10:30 a.m.
 Gate 5 release 250 cfs  10:30-10:45 a.m.
 Gate 5 closed  10:45-11:00 a.m.

Omaha District Commander Col. Joel Cross asks the public to be aware that the high flows will take some time to reach the downtown channel, and flows from the last gate opened will not reach the downtown channel until late afternoon on Wednesday.  The high flows will cause higher than normal creek stages and potential flooding of bike paths and stream crossings. "In the interest of public safety, I urge the public to not attempt to cross the stream during this event," says Cross.
Katie Seefus
Maggie Oldham

Release no. 130513-003