As of this week, the water at Milford Lake was approximately 16 feet and 7 inches above its normal water level. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been forced to hold water in the Milford Reservoir, but is not authorized to release the water in the reservoir until waters levels in the area’s main river begin to drop.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager Bill Whitworth said he is in the process of organizing a meeting that will give local residents an update on water levels at the lake. According to Whitworth, the meeting will be formatted to give residents a broader overview of how flood management is accomplished in the Kansas City District, which is the district Milford Lake currently resides in.
According to Whitworth, the Milford Lake project team is not allowed to release water from the reservoir until the main river levels drop a little. Whitworth hopes the meeting, which is set to be held later this month, will be able to adequately explain this process in a way that makes sense to residents. Whitworth said he wants to emphasize to the public that the lake’s dam is acting as it is supposed to. While water levels are currently rising, Whitworth said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is adamantly watching water levels at the lake in order to act accordingly and ensure preventative flooding equipment is working correctly.