Perry lake is once again holding water due to flooding issues downstream.
The Kansas City District, Corps of Engineers has authorized the Perry Lake Project Manager to begin releasing significant amounts of water from the reservoir. The authorized rate of release is 8000 cubic feet per second. At this rate the Lake is expected to drop around 10″ per day. In addition, this release combined with the releases from Milford and Tuttle Creek will cause the Kansas River to remain “bank full” for the foreseeable future.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City District, Corps of Engineers announced today that all boat ramps have been temporarily closed along with many roadways and campsites at Perry Lake in Kansas. The corps said that at 907.29 feet msl the current water level is nearly 16 feet above normal. With the water at this level, many roadways and campsites have been submerged and the courtesy docks are out of the water, said the corps. The corps’ priority is safety and has erected barricades in areas around the lake to protect the public and, cautions that those who drive around them will be fined. For further information contact the Corps of Engineers Perry Lake project staff at 785-597-5144.
The heat index values today will be in the 105 to 110 degree range. A cool front will move south today and bring a chance of thunderstorms to the area late this afternoon through Thursday. Some severe storms are possible tonight and early Thursday.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Jefferson County until 11:45 am.
This storm has had a history of 70-80 mph winds and large hail.
The Tornado Watch issued for Jefferson County, KS has been canceled.
Jefferson County Emergency Management has canceled the siren test for today due to the weather forecast.
May 12, 2010 – Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Jefferson County. County storm spotters have been activated and are monitoring the weather.