Alabama Power opens spillways at dams

Published 2:58 pm Wednesday, January 7, 2009

MONTGOMERY — Heavy rains have caused Alabama Power Co. to open spillway gates at most of its dams on the Coosa River.

The power company said spillway gates were operating Wednesday at Neely Henry, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan dams on the Coosa River.

Weiss Lake and Lake Logan Martin on the Coosa are near summer pool levels and are expected to reach about two feet above their summer pool levels. Spillway gates are operating at Logan Martin and may be opened at Weiss.

Alabama Power says Smith Lake on the Black Warrior River is rising and could reach about six feet above its normal summer elevation.