The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, completed the drawdown of the Mississippi River Headwaters reservoirs last week in preparation for potential flooding due to the spring melt.
The Corps’ six reservoirs — Leech Lake near Federal Dam; Winnibigoshish Lake near Deer River; Pokegama Lake near Grand Rapids; Big Sandy Lake near McGregor; Cross Lake near Crosslake; and Gull Lake near Brainerd — are operated by the Corps to reduce the risk of flooding in the region.
The Corps manages these reservoirs in accordance with its operation manuals to reduce the flood risk for the city of Aitkin.
Once the melt begins, the Corps along with the National Weather Service (NWS) will closely monitor the river conditions, ice jams and weather conditions, including rainfall predictions.
Further, the Corps is working closely with the NWS and the U.S. Geological Survey to share information relevant to the potential flood risk.