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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    While I feel for the people who live in these flood prone areas and the potential damage and loss of property at some point we have to ask ourselves why these people are still there? Haven't they learned their lesson yet? They are counting on the government to protect them and if that is what you are hanging your hat on then you are going to be disappointed time and time again.



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Does this mean that the road they've been rebuilding for the last 2 years is going to get wiped out again?



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Does this mean that the road they've been rebuilding for the last 2 years is going to get wiped out again?
    Pretty much.



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    How high does it have to get to affect the Court Ave. area and Principal Park?



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Does this mean that the road they've been rebuilding for the last 2 years is going to get wiped out again?
    Per an article i read this morning, YES.


    You have to admit it's pretty rediculous that they can't haul in the material and get a better levee system built 2 years after the floods of 2008 and 17 years after the floods of 1993.



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Does this mean that the road they've been rebuilding for the last 2 years is going to get wiped out again?
    Probably if it gets as bad as the last time. I do agree with the guy in asking why they allow the lake level to get so high which causes situations like this to keep happening. Maybe they should think about keeping the lake level a little bit lower?



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Dumb question but someone in the comments said:

    "It wouldn't make any difference if they kept the level of the lake lower. You would think people would understand that by now."

    Can someone explain this to me?



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonestate78 View Post
    Probably if it gets as bad as the last time. I do agree with the guy in asking why they allow the lake level to get so high which causes situations like this to keep happening. Maybe they should think about keeping the lake level a little bit lower?
    Not possible. That water has to go somewhere, and with how wet of a May the south 1/3 of the State had, they had to control water levels down there...



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Dumb question but someone in the comments said:

    "It wouldn't make any difference if they kept the level of the lake lower. You would think people would understand that by now."

    Can someone explain this to me?
    I am assuming that they think with the amount of rain that has fallen to the north of the metro that eventually the lake level will reach these heights anyway. I would think that if kept at a little lower level it would take a considerable amount more rain then what we have had to put us in this position again.



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonestate78 View Post
    Probably if it gets as bad as the last time. I do agree with the guy in asking why they allow the lake level to get so high which causes situations like this to keep happening. Maybe they should think about keeping the lake level a little bit lower?
    This makes me wonder why the people keep going back to the same flood damaged areas. It seems like every year we hear about at least flash floods in the Birdland area. If my house gets totally destroyed like the one guy in the story I would definately not build another one IN THE SAME SPOT. DUHHH


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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by saf View Post
    How high does it have to get to affect the Court Ave. area and Principal Park?
    Court Ave wont be affected unless it tops the downtown levee, and if it does that, DM is screwed. In 2008, the storm sewers backed up from the flooding, and that is what flooded Court Ave.

    Principal Park is effected when the river reaches 34 feet, I believe, and last I saw, it was not supposed to get over 32 feet downtown...



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Dumb question but someone in the comments said:

    "It wouldn't make any difference if they kept the level of the lake lower. You would think people would understand that by now."

    Can someone explain this to me?
    I am with you, my understanding is this:

    If you keep the lake level lower then the lake will hold more of the water from upstream before topping the spillway. If the water doesn't top the spillway then they can gradually lower the level of the lake over time. Thus preventing flooding down stream.

    Sounds simple to me, but I am not a engineer.



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by CykoAGR View Post
    This makes me wonder why the people keep going back to the same flood damaged areas. It seems like every year we hear about at least flash floods in the Birdland area. If my house gets totally destroyed like the one guy in the story I would definately not build another one IN THE SAME SPOT. DUHHH
    When you live in a plush area like the Birdland area, there just is no substitute.



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    Re: Water To Top Saylorville Spillway Thursday

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonestate78 View Post
    Probably if it gets as bad as the last time. I do agree with the guy in asking why they allow the lake level to get so high which causes situations like this to keep happening. Maybe they should think about keeping the lake level a little bit lower?
    I'm far from an expert, but I would guess it has to do with the fact that it's a reservoir, and a certain portion of the city's water supply is drawn from the lake. They probably have to keep a certain amount available in case of a drought.



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