Emergency Operations news releases are published during an activation of the Omaha District Emergency Operations Center. These releases also appear on the front page of the District Web site and the Emergency Management Web page.
Warmer temperatures are leading to flooding in parts of Wyoming and Montana along the Bighorn River, Little Bighorn River, Pryor Creek and tributaries of the Yellowstone River.
In response to requests from the Crow Nation for sandbags, the State of Montana for ice jam technical assistance on the Mussellshell River, and from the State of Wyoming for technical assistance regarding an ice jam and flooding in north-central Wyoming along the Bighorn River, the Omaha District Readiness Branch has activated its Emergency Operations Center to Level II, Emergency Watch Status and is communicating directly with the National Weather Service for updated river stage forecasts.
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 to 75 cfs. The releases are scheduled to be increased to 100 cfs on Monday, Sept. 30.
As river stages downstream of Denver fall below flood stages, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District will begin to gradually increase releases from Bear Creek Reservoir.
Releases from Bear Creek and Cherry Creek reservoirs have been a combined 290 cubic feet per second (cfs) since September 16. Chatfield Lake remains 3.5 feet below the base of the flood control pool and no releases are scheduled.
Releases from Bear Creek reservoir will be gradually increased over the next few days. On Saturday, Sept. 21, releases will increase from 250 cfs to 300 cfs; Sunday, Sept. 22, releases will reach 400 cfs; and then increase to 500 cfs on Monday, Sept. 23. Forecasts indicate that Bear Creek reservoir will complete evacuation of flood storage during the second week of October. Releases from Cherry Creek Dam remain at 40 cfs. The Corps continues to monitor these releases in coordination with the State of Colorado.