City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Keeping an Eye on Springtime Lake Levels

City and Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District (PLSLWD) staff continue to monitor the weather and current ground conditions in the watershed above Prior Lake to make sure we are prepared for any potential spring flooding. Ice-out has occurred and there is no longer any snowpack in the watershed. The Prior Lake Outlet Structure continues to function and release water out of the system. The PLSLWD, the organization responsible for managing the lake outlet, says low-flow gate of the outlet structure has been open since March 29. Spring Lake levels have been declining for about a week, although it continues to discharge to Prior Lake. Prior Lake appears to have crested on May 2, and should start to decline. There does not appear to be significant risk for lake flooding at this time as there is no significant rainfall in the forecast. City staff will continue to keep an eye on the situation and provide updates.   (Read more...)

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