Perry Lake rises to record-breaking level

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Heavy rains have caused a northeast Kansas lake to break a record Wednesday morning. Perry Lake has risen to its highest level in 26 years.

The lake sat at 921.14 feet at 10:30 a.m., barely above the previous record of 920.94 feet in 1993, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report.

The Army Corp of Engineers stationed at the lake announced they began releasing water Sunday at 9 p.m. Although Perry Lake is recreational, its first purpose is flood control. The conservation pool is almost at 100 percent capacity.

Yesterday’s latest release sent water out at 5,000 cubic feet per second. After yesterday’s storm, they raised the release to 8,000, then 10,000 this morning.

The release is expected to be finished by Wednesday. 

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