Sanford Lake Drawdown May Mean 3.5-Foot Drop 8-16-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Sanford Lake Drawdown May Mean 3.5-Foot Drop 8-16-2010

Boat owners are furious after they told TV5 they weren't notified the water level at Sanford Lake in Midland County was being lowered.
That led to dozens of people frantically pulling their boats out of the water before it was too late and the boats became stuck.
Boyce Hydro Power, the operator of four hydroelectric power plants and dams on the Tittabawasse River, announced last week that a two-week phased drawdown of Sanford Lake is currently under way.
The gradual drawdown commenced on Thursday and is expected to continue for two weeks. Under the phased drawdown, the water level will be reduced by approximately 3 inches per day during the next two weeks.
The normal summer and fall operating level of the Sanford Lake reservoir ranges between 630.4 and 631.1 feet above sea level. The maximum expected drawdown level will leave the lake at 626.4 feet above sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Boyce Hydro said its workers are now and will continue to closely monitor the embankment conditions during the process.
Upon completion of the drawdown, three weeks of construction and repair will be done to the dam.
Afterward, the Sanford lake reservoir will be restored to normal operating levels. The company anticipates the work will be completed and the lake refilled to its normal level by the end of the first week in October.
Boyce has plants and dams on the Tittabawassee River in Sanford, Edenville, Smallwood and Secord.
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