Controlled water release at Lake Wallenpaupack

The spillway gates were opened on Monday (9/12) to release water in a controlled manner as a means to restore the lake’s water storage capability, most of which has been used up by the heavy rainfall from two tropical storms in the last two weeks.

“Over the past two weeks, the lake has been holding water to reduce downstream water levels,” said Paul Hackenbrack, manager-Peaking Power for PPL Generation. “Now we need to release this water to re-establish storage capability in case we get significant additional rainfall in the weeks ahead.”

 Before the arrival of Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27, Lake Wallenpaupack was at 63 percent of capacity and had more than 18 billion gallons of water storage capability. Following heavy rainfall from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the lake was at more than 90 percent of capacity as of 10 a.m. Friday (9/9).

The release will continue until the lake reaches the level it was at before Hurricane Irene which is expected to take until Sept. 20.  There are terrific and rare views of the Wallenpaupack Creek bed full of flowing water.  However, the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail has been closed to the public until after the roller gates are shut for safety reasons.

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