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Osage County's Outlet Park at Melvern Lake Dam Closed


Osage County's Outlet Park at Melvern Lake Dam is closed as of 10pm Saturday due being within 3 feet of the uncontrolled spillway. Lake elevations have been rising due to projected rainfall and existing wet conditions. As of Saturday, the lake's flood pool was at 78 percent occupied, leaving minimal space to store additional flood waters.


Projections indicated Melvern Lake would rise to 1,055 feet on Sunday the 26th. An additional two more feet, at 1,057 feet elevation, water would flow uncontrollably through the spillway and directly and immediately impact Outlet Park. Releases of water will be operated through the outlet works as allowed. If flood storage is maxed out, exceeding its capabilities, uncontrolled flows may begin out of the emergency spillway. Releases from the outlet works has the potential to affect the campground and facilities.


If you're on or near the water, wear a life jacket and be vigilant of the safety risks associated with high water such as floating debris or obstructions covered by high water which can create dangerous boating conditions. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 816-389-3486.

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