The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office has re-opened Riverlands Way road in West Alton, Missouri. The Mississippi River has crested and the roadway is now safe for visitor access. The Rivers Project Office and the Audubon Center at Riverlands are both open for visitors. Numerous other recreation areas are still closed due to flooding.
As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday July 6, 2015, the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 454.34 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a release rate of approximately 5,000 cubic feet of water per second (cfs). The inflow for Sunday July 5, 2015 was approximately 5,600 day second feet (dsf). With current precipitation, the lake crested at 454.40 feet NGVD on July 5, 2014. The targeted summer pool is 445.0 feet NGVD. Carlyle Lake is currently working as designed to lessen flooding on downstream sections of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville anticipates a very busy upcoming 4th of July holiday celebration. The Lake is open for all visitors to enjoy and should have plenty of water. As of June 29th, and with no additional rainfall, the lake is projected to crest on Monday, July 3, 2015 at 610.6 feet above sea level (referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD)). On June 29, at 7:00 a.m., the lake level was 609.59 feet above sea level NGVD, which is 9.89 feet above normal summer pool (599.7 feet above sea level NGVD).