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Kinzua Dam Outflow Boost Will Raise Level Of Allegheny River

May 31, 2013

For the first time since January, officials will be boosting the outflow of water from behind the Kinzua Dam.

Although the move will be made piecemeal, the water level on the Allegheny River is expected to noticeably rise as the weekend begins.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the move was necessitated by heavy rains that accompanied storms that moved repeatedly through northern parts of Pennsylvania and southern regions of New York earlier this week.  In addition to at least four tornado touchdowns and other wind storms on Tuesday and Wednesday, extensive flooding was reported on either side of the Kinzua Dam.

Allegheny River water levels in our area had already risen by Thursday morning from flooding in Warren, Corry and other locations.  By Friday morning, the river was rapidly subsiding, but those levels will climb again as the Corps manipulates the outflow of the dam located to the north of us.

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