Due to high levels of rainfall in central Missouri the last couple of weeks, the spill gates at Bagnell Dam were reopened Monday at Osage Energy Center.

Due to high levels of rainfall in central Missouri the last couple of weeks, the spill gates at Bagnell Dam were reopened Monday at Osage Energy Center.

Ameren Missouri urges property owners at the Lake of the Ozarks and along the Osage River to use precautionary measures for the next several days.

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held back the water at Truman Reservoir all of last week while the Lake of the Ozarks, the Osage River and the Missouri River experienced flood conditions," said Warren Witt, director of Hydro Operations at Osage Energy Center. "We reopened our spill gates around 1:30 p.m. Monday to accommodate these conditions." 

As of noon Tuesday, Truman Reservoir was at 729.62 feet. At midnight April 7 -- just a month ago -- the reservoir was at 709.0 feet, 20 feet lower than Tuesday, which is more typical of Truman levels for this time of year.

Depending on additional rainfall over the coming weeks, it is anticipated that the Osage Energy Center spill gates will remain open for the next three or four weeks while the Truman Reservoir is brought back to normal levels. 

The Lake of the Ozarks was at 658.56 at noon Tuesday, about 1.5 feet below full pool after being above full pool by more than a foot during the height of the flooding problems in this area. The Osage River had risen back to 570.58 Tuesday. It was out of its banks at 579.20 at midnight May 1.

Ameren Missouri recommends that Lake and Osage River property owners turn off electricity running to their docks or any other structures that might be submerged. As the water levels rise, Ameren Missouri recommends residents exercise caution and consider having their structures inspected when turning the power back on.

In addition, Ameren Missouri recommends boating and fishing enthusiasts be aware of downed tree branches or debris in the Lake that the high water may have created.

Call for Ameren Missouri's daily report on Lake of the Ozarks water levels at 573-365-9205, or visit AmerenMissouri.com/lake for hourly Lake water-level information.