Ameren to Power Up Bagnell Dam Due to Heavy Rains
MILLER COUNTY - An Ameren Missouri plant manager at Bagnell Dam told KOMU 8 News Wednesday morning that dam operators will soon begin releasing 50,000 cubic feet of water per second into the Osage River.
The company said around 8 a.m. it is not yet sure how the operation itself will affect water levels on the Osage River, as heavy rain continues to fall in the area.
However, Ameren said the Osage rose six feet in the overnight hours Tuesday and which an official said was "highly unusual."
Around 11 a.m., Ameren said it has not yet released water from the dam. Although water levels have risen in the Lake of the Ozarks, water levels in the Osage River are also rising. The company said it is closely monitoring the situation and will open the gates when appropriate.
Shortly after 11 a.m., Ameren officials opened the floodgates.