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Cherry Creek Reservoir releases scheduled to gradually increase

Published Sept. 26, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. –  As river stages downstream of Denver continue to recede, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District will begin to gradually increase releases from Cherry Creek Dam.

Releases from Cherry Creek Dam will be gradually increased over the next few days to evacuate flood control storage.  On Thursday, Sept. 26, Cherry Creek Dam releases were increased from 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 75 cfs. The releases are scheduled to be increased to 100 cfs on Monday, Sept. 30.  Forecasts indicate that Cherry Creek Reservoir will complete evacuation of flood storage by the middle of October.  Cherry Creek Reservoir peaked at a pool elevation of 5553.4 ft on Sept. 25.

Inflows into Bear Creek Reservoir have gradually declined since Sept. 16.   Releases from Bear Creek Dam remain unchanged at 500 cfs. The reservoir pool elevation continues to drop and the forecast is for all flood storage to be evacuated by the middle of October.  Bear Creek Reservoir peaked at a pool elevation of 5607.9 ft on Sept. 22.

The Corps continues to monitor these releases in coordination with the State of Colorado.  Reservoir releases are subject to change as the weather and local conditions change.

Pool elevation data for these and other Corps-operated dams can be tracked online at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/plots/plots.html#omaha_plots and are updated hourly.

Maggie Oldham
Brian Twombly

Release no. 20130926-001