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Corps Opens Spillway Gates At Lake Oologah

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Image of the spillway gates open at Oologah Lake. Image of the spillway gates open at Oologah Lake.
Closeup image of the spillway at Oologah Lake on May 10, 2017. Closeup image of the spillway at Oologah Lake on May 10, 2017.
Image of all seven of the gates open at the spillway on Oologah Lake. Image of all seven of the gates open at the spillway on Oologah Lake.
OOLOGAH, Oklahoma -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the gates on the spillway at Oologah Lake. 

At 4 p.m. on May 10, 2017, the lake's level was just under 656 feet, 18 feet above its normal level of 638 feet.

The Corps opened all seven of the spillway's gates on Sunday afternoon, releasing 9,198 cubic feet of water per second. The gates' settings remained unchained as of Wednesday afternoon and the lake's level has gone down by about a foot in that time.

Check Oklahoma Lake levels here

Opening the gates at the spillway on Oologah Lake is a fairly rare event. The last time it happened was in October. 

10/11/2016 Related Story: Spillway Gates Open At Lake Oologah

The gates in the dam at the lake remain closed.

The spillway is about three miles east of the dam, and the water it releases flows across a pasture before joining the Verdigris River.

The Corps built Oologah and the other lakes it operates in Oklahoma primarily for flood control. 

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