Lake Jordan fall drawdown could be extended into late October

Justin Averette

Alabama Power anticipates extending this fall’s Lake Jordan drawdown up to an additional two weeks. The extra time may be necessary to complete work on the downstream side of Mitchell Dam. Because of the potential length of the drawdown, federal and state agencies will have to agree to the extended period before it can be implemented. Alabama Power will provide additional notification once that approval is secured.

The drawdown is tentatively set to begin Sept. 18 and last for at least four weeks. If the work cannot be completed within four weeks, the drawdown could be extended up to an additional two weeks (for a total of six weeks).

Drawdowns give residents and contractors better lakebed access for permitted construction projects. The last Coosa River drawdown took place in 2013. Tentative dates for drawdowns on Mitchell, Lay and Neely Henry lakes should not be affected by the change on Lake Jordan.

Here is this year’s revised, tentative drawdown schedule:

Lake                  Elevation   Drawdown elevation  Lowering dates   Start refill   Back to normal

Jordan/Bouldin   252             248/249                      Sept. 18-20             Oct. 18        Oct. 20

Mitchell               312             308/309                      Oct. 2-4                   Oct. 16        Oct. 18

Lay                     396              393/394                     Oct. 16-18               Oct. 30         Nov. 1

Neely Henry       507.5           503/504                     Oct. 30-Nov. 1         Nov. 12        Nov. 15

Because weather conditions can affect the drawdown schedule, residents and contractors are encouraged to visit Alabama Power’s automated Reservoir Information System at 1-800-LAKES11 (1-800-525-3711) or https://apcshorelines.com/ for updates.

Residents and contractors considering any construction projects within Alabama Power’s reservoir boundaries should consult with the company about obtaining the proper permits before beginning work. Permitting guidelines and contact information for permits can be found on the Shoreline Management page at www.alabamapower.com.

Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always be alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.

Alabama Power has 14 hydroelectric facilities on the Coosa, Tallapoosa and Black Warrior rivers, producing low-cost, clean energy for customers. To learn more, please visit www.alabamapower.com.

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