Increased outflow planned

The level of the Allegheny River is on the rise.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Tuesday that “significant increased in outflow from Kinzua Dam” is planned.

“This increased flow may cause substantial rises in river levels downstream from the dam,” Corps officials said.

On Tuesday morning, the Allegheny Reservoir level was 1,307.68 feet above sea level, up over three feet from Saturday, when the level was 1,304.75 feet above sea level.

Discharge was 2,010 cubic feet per second on Saturday, up to 7,270 on Tuesday and, according to Corps of Engineers forecasts, was expected to be increased to 8,100 through Friday.

U.S. Geological Survey data indicates that the river level increased roughly two feet between Dec. 22 and Christmas, up to between 6 and 6.5 feet.

“Boaters and anglers are advised to exercise caution during the next few days,” Dam officials said. “Gate openings will be spaced over several hours so as not (to) cause sudden rises in river levels.”

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