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Alabama Power lake level conditions improving after heavy rainfall

Following 15 days of heavy rains across the state in March, conditions at Alabama Power lakes along the Black Warrior and Coosa rivers are improving.

As of Thursday, April 1, Smith Lake is at its peak elevation of 521 feet.

Due to successful water management by Alabama Power and coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Smith Lake is not expected to reach the spillway crest elevation of 522 feet, so the spillway operations plan will not be implemented.

With no rain in the forecast for the next seven days, lake levels at Smith are expected to decrease and could return to summer pool level of 510 feet around the third week of April.

Drone footage shows high lake levels on Alabama Power’s Smith Lake from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

Along the Coosa River, Alabama Power continues to operate spillway gates for Weiss Lake and Logan Martin. Weiss is projected to peak at 568.8 feet Friday, April 2, which is 4.8 feet above summer pool, and return to normal level around April 9. Logan Martin should peak below 462 feet Friday, April 2, which is about 3 feet below summer pool, and return to normal level around April 3.

Lake elevations and projections are subject to change, and individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always stay alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take steps to protect their property.

For more information about Alabama Power lakes and alerts on lake conditions, download the Smart Lakes app for your smartphone or visit www.apcshorelines.com. Individuals can also call 1-800-LAKES 11 (1-800-525-3711) for lake condition updates.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)