BENTON COUNTY, Mo. – Truman Dam has been dumping water into Lake of the Ozarks at a rate of over 30,000 cubic feet per second for the last week. As Truman attempts to bring its waterline down to a more reasonable level for recreation, Bagnell Dam operators appear to be maintaining a one-foot buffer by passing into the Osage River a near maximum amount of water possible without opening flood gates.
The Lake of the Ozarks level has fluctuated around 658.5 during the last week as Truman has successfully lowered its water level from 717.9 to 716.4. Truman had previously risen more than 5 feet in 10 days between May 21-31.
The Osage River has fluctuated more than 5 feet from 567.32 to 561.82 during the last 48 hours.
Bagnell Dam operators intend to run turbines at heavy generation for the rest of the week. They anticipate a lake level of 658.9 by Wednesday.
Lake Level June 6, 2011
Lake of the Ozarks: 658.73 (9 a.m., June 6)
River Level: 564.1
Truman Lake: 716.4
Surface Water Temp: 81F at Bagnell Dam
Lake Ozark Operational Data June 4, 2011
Harry S Truman Dam Head Level at Midnight – 716.4 FT
Harry S Truman Dam Outflow – 32,090.2 SFD
Lake Ozark Inflow – 34,203.0 SFD
Lake Ozark Inflow 7 Day Avg – 24,066.0 SFD
Prescribed Minimum Flow – 8,423.0 CFS
Bagnell Dam Discharge – 32,360.7 SFD