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MANHATTAN — Tuttle Creek Lake continues to see a steady rise in water levels, now up to 1,115 feet as of Tuesday. Inflow was measured at 2,500 cubic feet per second with outflow at 160 cubic feet per second.

A wet winter and downstream flooding has caused the lake along with nearby Perry and Milford Lakes to be 1.3 million acre-feet occupied (or 40 percent capacity). The total flood storage capacity for the three lakes is 3.2 million acre-feet. Tuttle Creek is retaining the bulk of the excess water. Normal storage for the lake is slightly over 200,000 acre-feet. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operation Project Manager Brian McNulty says this week’s weather, especially up north could impact those lake levels in the coming weeks.


Courtesy graphic – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Flooding continues around Tuttle Creek Lake in nearby campgrounds. McNulty says it’s already pushed back the opening of some of those recreational areas.

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As for when water can be released, McNulty says that depends on conditions downstream.


McNulty says the Tuttle Creek Lake is at its third highest level since 1973.


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