“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.