IBWC to Continue Releasing Water into River

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 8:07am

The International Boundary and Water Commission began releasing more water at Falcon Dam, since the water levels have kept rising and more water is expected to be released in the coming days, Julio Olivo has more.

As the levels of the reservoir at Falcon Dam continue to rise, floodwaters will have to be released at a greater rate which will raise the flow of the floodways downstream in the Valley. Sheryl Franklin, IBWC Operations Manager, stated, "Falcon is operating as it is expected to, to capture those rainfall events, we have gone from half a reservoir full to our flood pool being full and even going to historic high levels."

As the gates began to open, the gush of water increased at a tremendous rate of speed, Tuesday, the water elevation at Falcon increased three feet in 24 hours and has continued to rise and even with the high releases, a new high level record was set."We did begin releases, we are currently releasing 1,700 cubic meters per second, which is also a historic high release for Falcon."

The increase of  the reservoir is due to the floodwaters coming in from the Rio Grande and Salado river in Mexico after the heavy rains from Hurricane Alex. The IBWC expects the floodwaters to rise close to 3 to 5 feet along the floodway levees, which are about 12 to 14 feet high, but they do not expect the water to overflow.

The IBWC is also closely monitoring the dam to make sure that Falcon is working accordingly to the water releases and maintaining a normal level of water for the reservoir.

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