OMAHA, Neb.— Jamestown Reservoir releases were increased to 1000 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Thursday, May 23. Pipestem Reservoir releases are 200 cfs. The combined reservoir release is 1200 cfs and is expected to remain at this level for the next several days. Flood storage at both reservoirs continues to fill and inflows are expected to be elevated for the next couple of weeks. Adequate flood storage remains available at the reservoirs.
Pipestem Reservoir is currently at pool elevation 1469.2 feet which results in 32% of the flood pool occupied. Inflows are 770 cfs and dropping. The Pipestem pool levels are forecasted to peak near 1472 feet. Jamestown Reservoir is currently at pool elevation 1439.7 feet which results in 21% of the flood pool occupied. Inflows are currently 950 cfs. The Jamestown pool levels are forecasted to peak near 1440 feet.
Residents along the James River downstream from Jamestown should monitor flood forecasts by the National Weather Service and make preparations as necessary to minimize damages from high river levels. Flood forecasts on the James River in North Dakota and South Dakota are available on the Missouri Basin River Forecasting Center website at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mbrfc/.
Data from gages on the James River in North Dakota and South Dakota is available on the U.S. Geological Survey website at http://nd.water.usgs.gov/floodinfo/james.html. Daily reservoir information is provided by the Corps at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/nwo/dailybull.pdf.
For additional information, contact Kevin Quinn at (402) 995-2419.
Release no. 20130523-001