U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water at Allatoona
by Damon Poirier
May 23, 2014 12:35 AM | 2695 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District in Mobile, Ala., announced water will be released through the spillway gates at Lake Allatoona rather than the generators because a fire occurred in the powerhouse on Monday. The spillway gates will be used to make releases to manage lake levels and for downstream environmental purposes.

“There will be essentially no difference in normal water volumes released,” said public affairs officer E. Patrick Robbins. “The difference is that when using the spillway gates it is essentially a 24-hour per day release, rather than the two to six hour peak hydropower releases, but the water quantity is basically the same.”

USACE had scheduled a power outage for repairs to the switchyard. When the system was re-energized, there was a breaker failure, which resulted in the fire that was extinguished early Monday evening.

There were no injuries to any personnel and the dam was not damaged during the fire. A team of experts has been sent to Lake Allatoona to assess the situation.

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