We are continuing to release around 490 cfs from Olympus Dam to the Big Thompson Canyon. However, the rate of inflows to Lake Estes are still declining. This means we might have an opportunity to reduce the release from Oly a little more over the weekend. We will see what happens with the weather.
At the same time, we are working closesly with the Town of Estes Park to lower the water level in Lake Estes about ten feet over a period of a week to ten days. The lower level will enable the Town to access fill material for road construction that is available along the bottom of Lake Estes. Fish Creek Road is one of the areas hardest hit and needs to be rebuilt so the Town can work towards recovering losses of sewer, natural gas, electric and water systems.
Lower down on the C-BT Project, we are currently running some water from Pinewood Reservoir, to the Flatiron Powerplant. That means residents of and visitors to Pinewood will likely notice a drop in water level elevation through this evening, ending around 5 or 6 p.m. The reservoir is dropping at a rate of about one foot every two hours. We do not anticipate moving water from Pinewood tomorrow or Sunday.
As always, please let me know if you have related questions.
Take care, Kara
Kara Lamb Public Information Officer Bureau of Reclamation Eastern Colorado Area Office (970) 962-4326