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More water to be released from Falls, Jordan lakes into Neuse, Cape Fear rivers

September 26, 2018

With Hurricane floodwaters receding across much of eastern North Carolina, the Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday that more water will be released in the coming days from Falls Lake and Jordan Lake.

Releases from the two lakes, which feed the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers, respectively, have been minimal since Florence swamped the state, the Corps of Engineers said in a news release.

“Water managers will be gradually increasing releases throughout the week to begin bringing lake levels back down,” the release states. “Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence into Jordan and Falls Lakes filled 60 percent and 50 percent of their respective flood storage pools, preventing even worse flood damages downstream.”

Releases from Jordan Lake will start going up Monday and will be gradually increased over several days to near 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Despite the higher releases, officials said, locations downstream will not see river levels return to flood stage.

Releases from Falls Lake will be gradually increased starting Tuesday to at least 4,000 cfs. Additional increases of 1,000 to 2,000 cfs are possible as downstream conditions in the lower Neuse River basin continue to improve, officials said. The water will take several days to reach downstream areas, by which time river levels will be below flood stage and will remain below flood stage, they said.

The higher releases from both Falls and Jordan lakes will likely be needed for at least a couple of weeks to bring lake levels back down near normal, officials said.

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