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400 million gallons is little more than a drop in the bucket

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:51:40 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The City of Bloomington says the remnants of Hurricane Isaac dumped nearly 400 million gallons into the city reservoirs. Water Department Director Craig Cummings says, though, that the soil was so parched, there was not as much runoff as you might think. He says the levels of lakes Bloomington and Evergreen rose less than a foot each.

"Moving forward into the fall and early winter we are hopeful that any precipitation that we get will not necessarily soak in but will give a good amount of run off and that the reservoirs will completely recover over the winter time."

Lake levels remain a combined seven feet below normal. Cummings says the city did add about 30 million gallons of that total through pumping from the Mackinaw River. He says the city cannot do that often because government rules require both low lake levels and high flow on the Mackinaw to allow pumping from that source. Cummings urges people to continue voluntary conservation measures and avoid watering lawns.

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