Holding Water in WV Reservoirs to Keep Flooding from Worsening

The Army Corps of Engineers is holding water in West Virginia's reservoirs in an attempt to prevent flooding from worsening along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

Dave Meadows with the corps tells the Charleston Gazette that outflows from the reservoirs' dams are expected to be at minimum levels for the next couple of weeks.

Camping, boating and fishing will be affected because the reservoirs are above normal summer levels. Sutton Reservoir is nearly seven feet higher than normal and Bailey Reservoir is nearly 11 feet higher than normal. Those levels are expected to rise.

The decision affects all but one of West Virginia's reservoirs. Meadows says Bluestone was exempted because of concerns about the dam's stability.

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