LAKE OZARK, MO (KFVS) - Ameren Missouri opened the spill gates at Bagnell Dam at noon on Tuesday, January 5.
They urge property owners at the Lake of the Ozarks and along the Osage River to use precautionary measures.
"We plan to have the spill gates open for up to two weeks," said Warren Witt, director of Hydro Operations at Osage Energy Center. "When the Truman Dam waters are discharged, Osage Energy Center will remain on heavy generation for another several weeks as we draw down the lake to our annual spring level of 654 feet."
Ameren Missouri recommends Osage River property owners turn off electricity running to their docks or any other structures that may be affected by fluctuating water levels. As the water levels rise and fall, Ameren Missouri recommends residents exercise caution and consider having their structures inspected when restoring power.
In addition, it is recommended that boating and fishing enthusiasts beware of downed tree branches or debris in the lake that the high water may have created.