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Last updated 1/16/2019 at 10:33am

Annual predictions begin for lake levels

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued its January water forecast for the 2019 flood control season that determines what the needed levels will be for Lake Roosevelt in the coming months.

“Based on current conditions, the April 20 flood control level … is 1249.9 feet above sea level,” noted Lynne Brougher of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which physically controls the level of the reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam.

The predicted level for the end of April is about 40 feet lower than completely full. By the end of April, 2018 the level had...

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