Late-spring inflows expected to fill Lake McConaughy

HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) - Unexpectedly high late-spring inflows from the North Platte River have changed the storage outlook for Lake McConaughy, Nebraska’s largest reservoir.

The snowpack runoff was projected to be about 36 percent of normal this spring. But civil engineer Cory Steinke told directors at Monday’s meeting of the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District board that heavy snow and rain in the North Platte basin last month changed the outlook.

Steinke says McConaughy could be full in less than three weeks.

The similar high flow in the South Platte River had been expected.

General manager Don Kraus says the district will continue its plans to deliver 12 inches of water per acre to its irrigation customers because of the difficulty in altering irrigation schedules at such a late date.

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