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Army plans release of water from Falls Lake as Matthew recovery continues

Posted October 21

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— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin releasing water from Falls Lake Dam on Friday to bring lake levels back to normal after rain from Hurricane Matthew drenched the area.

The release had been planned for earlier in the week, but officials said water levels in the Kinston area downstream were so high that engineers called it off.

Once water is released at Falls Lake, it will take four to six days for the water to reach places like Kinston and New Bern.

The Army says it will continue to release water until lake levels are back to normal, a process that could take up to two weeks.

Runners and bikers who use the Falls of Neuse Trail in Wake County will notice elevated river levels this weekend.

Army officials said Friday they will continue to monitor water levels downstream to ensure that Falls Lake releases don't have a detrimental impact on communities still dealing with historic flooding from Matthew.

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