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Water released from Falls Lake amid high water levels

Posted May 4

— Flooding from April's rain has raised Falls Lake by nearly 10 feet, and the United States Army Corp of Engineers is now lowering the lake.

The Corp is releasing water through the dam at 5,000 cubic feet per second.

They hoped to increase that to 6,000 Thursday, but they are holding off due to rain in the forecast.

"I am really surprised (by the flooding) because we come here a lot," visitor Colin Cassidy said. "We see people fishing here usually, and it's really weird to see it flooded."

"I think it's dangerous, so we are not getting close to it."

The plan is now to increase the release Friday.

While Friday's plan worries people living near the river, emergency managers said the impact should be minimal.

"I know they have to let the water out," visitor Jerry McDowell said. "The trails are flooded."

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