Search for drowning victim prompts lowering of lake level
TULSA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the lake level at John Redmond Reservoir is being lowered approximately 2 feet below normal conservation pool level to help facilitate recovery efforts of a drowning victim missing since Dec. 4, 2010. Current releases are 5,000 cubic feet per second, and the drawdown is expected to be completed by late Jan. 5 or early Thursday, Jan 6.

Increased flows downstream of the dam will cause Neosho River levels to rise quickly. Recreational users of the lake should also be aware because lower than normal lake elevations may expose boating hazards around the lake that may have been submerged with normal water elevations. Boaters are urged to use caution while launching boats and while on the lake.

For more information about current lake levels, visit the Water Control Data System or the daily report link under the Lakes and River Information section of the Corps of Engineers Tulsa District website,