Army Corps of Engineers to release water out of Cochiti Lake
The Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management is alerting everyone in the city to expect a planned rise of water levels in the Rio Grande starting Friday evening.
The water level could create some overflowing in parts of the river banks. The overflow water is expected to go into pre-established overflow areas and should not create any flooding for Albuquerque residents. There could be an increase of mosquitoes in these areas.
“Residents should not be alarmed,” said Brigitte Bellsong, Emergency Operations Center Officer. “We just want to inform the public about the rise in water so they do not become unnecessarily concerned.”
In the past few days, the Army Corps of Engineers started releasing water from Cochiti Lake in an attempt to clear water channels, assist with silver minnow spawning and to improve the environment for birds. The Corps of Engineers alerted the Office of Emergency Management today.
The Office of Emergency Management will be monitoring the flow as the Corps of Engineers continues work.