Saylorville gates drop
July 1, 2010
The Corps of Engineers has lowered a set of pneumatic crest gates at the Saylorville Reservoir, sending an extraordinary surge of water down the Des Moines River
towards downtown Des Moines. The surge is expected to have only a minimal impact on the city, as long as the city's levees hold -- which they have not always done. Polk County Emergency Management is sharing photos on Facebook
in an effort to show the public what the situation looks like while discouraging people from trying to see for themselves. The water at Saylorville is just three feet below record stage
, and with rain in the forecast for the coming weekend, the Corps determined that a bigger release was necessary.
We can help you with flood-control products like portable bypass pumps
and portable water-filled dams
, as well as battery-backup sump pumps
for use in the home. We also help with the application of water-control gates
at dams, including sluice gates
and radial gates
. Please feel free to contact us
with your questions.
last revised July 2010