LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- Bagnell Dam opened 10 floodgates this morning at 4:30 a.m. The Osage River has risen five feet as a result.
The Lake Level is 660.50 as of 6 a.m., up 3.5 feet since noon yesterday.
At 6:30 a.m., Bagnell Dam widened six flood gates increasing total flow out of the Lake to 64,000 cubic feet per second. Further increases above 70,000 cfs are likely as flows into Lake of the Ozarks continue.
Property owners on Lake of the Ozarks are preparing for flood conditions, as the water level has not yet crested.
The forecast calls for rain through noon, today.
Lake Level Up Two Feet In 9 Hours To Near Full Pool, Floodgates Closed So Far
Published 10:05 PM, April 29
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- The Lake is up two feet since noon today, but the floodgates have not opened as of 9:45 p.m.
Bagnell Dam operator Alan Sullivan of Ameren Missouri, says there is uncertainty as to whether the gates may open on Sunday, after four inches of rain fell Saturday with another 2-3 inches anticipated before precipitation likely tapers off Sunday afternoon.
The Lake Level at 9:45 p.m. was 659.0, only one foot away from full pool.
Bagnell Dam has been operating at near full generation since Wednesday in anticipation of rain.
The Osage River is 2.5 feet higher at 568.8 from Saturday's storm system.
Truman Lake is now more than five feet above its normal elevation for this time of year.
LakeExpo.com will update this report.