Floodwaters in the area are finally receding and residents will soon be able to begin the inevitable clean-up that follows periods of high water.
Grand Lake crested Friday at 751.92 feet, according to the GRDA spokesperson Justin Alberty.
“The outflow is finally ahead of the inflow,” Alberty said.
The flood control pool topped out at roughly 65.3 percent capacity, according to reports.
As of Friday morning, water was flowing into Grand Lake at 63,318 cubic feet per second (cfs). It was flowing out at 72,436 cfs.
At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, eleven floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 58,410 cfs of water.
Lake Hudson was predicted to crest Saturday around noon at 631.7 feet.
The flood control pool for Lake Hudson was at 64.57 percent capacity.
Friday, at the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, three floodgates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 60,297 cfs. Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 75,687 cfs. Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 77,552 cfs.
The Grand River watershed consists of approximately 12,000 square miles of runoff in parts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Of that total, over half—7,000 square miles—is uncontrolled runoff, meaning there is no reservoir to control it above the Pensacola Dam. However, the remaining 5,000 square miles of runoff passes through the John Redmond Dam, located near Burlington, Kansas, prior to reaching the Grand River system in Oklahoma.