Lake Thurlow to refill after first phase of project to replace spillway gates

Justin Averette

The water level on Lake Thurlow is expected to return to normal over the weekend, following completion of the first phase of a project to replace spillway gates at Thurlow Dam.

Lake levels are scheduled to begin rising on Sunday, Dec. 16, reaching normal full pool on Monday, Dec. 17.

The drawdown was needed to replace the dam’s spillway crest gates, known as flashboards, which were installed in the 1920s. The replacements, called Obermeyer gates, are more efficient than the old system and will provide greater control to manage water resources.

The second phase of the replacement project is scheduled to begin in June 2019 and will require a similar drawdown of the lake’s water level. Alabama Power will notify the public prior to beginning the 2019 drawdown.

Alabama Power reminds individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities to always be alert to changing conditions on company reservoirs and be prepared to take necessary steps to protect property.

Learn more about Alabama Power’s hydro projects at www.apcshorelines.com.

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