11/10/2015
Update: Appalachian Power Adjusts Water Levels from Heavy Rain to Accommodate Current Claytor Lake Drawdown

ROANOKE, Va., Nov. 10, 2015 – Appalachian Power is adjusting water levels with spill gates to help accommodate  the impact of  heavy rain on the temporary drawdown of its Claytor Lake hydroelectric facility on New River in Pulaski County.

The lowering of the lake water level is regularly done in conjunction with Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL) and Pulaski County to provide property owners opportunity for shoreline stabilization, maintenance and other area cleanup projects.  Appalachian received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for lowering Claytor by three feet in November.

The 2015 drawdown began Wednesday, Nov. 4, and the lake level was lowered until it reached the 1843 foot contour elevation—three feet below the normal full pond level of 1846 feet. Recent heavy rain in the New River watershed has dramatically increased flow into the power generation project.

Appalachian will hold the water level at about 1844 feet for as long as possible today, but it is expected to eventually rise to 1845. The company hopes to return the level to 1843 feet again by this weekend.

The reservoir will start refilling Sunday evening, Nov. 15, and is expected to be back to its normal elevation by late Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Lake residents and contractors who may be working on shoreline projects during the drawdown are urged to safely secure tools and supplies in preparation for the higher water levels.  The drawdown may be cancelled or shortened on short notice if other unexpected weather conditions create changes to the lake refilling or if a flooding event is predicted.

A full copy of the drawdown plan can be found at www.claytorhydro.com .

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:
John Shepelwich
(540) 985-2968
jeshepelwich@aep.com

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