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Fox River Stratton Operations Status Update


The Chain of Lakes at Fox Lake stage is 5.5 feet. Stratton Dam Tailwater stage is 4.5 feet. Figure 1, below, shows the rainfall which fell before 8am this morning. Rainfall amounts from ½” in Wisconsin to 1” in Barrington were received.

Inflows to the Chain of Lakes as measured at the Fox River near New Munster, WI and Nippersink Creek near Spring Grove are 2440 cfs. Inflows had crested but are starting to rise again with the recent rainfall. Outflows from Stratton Dam are 3500 cfs. The Chain of Lakes and Fox River had slowly started to fall but has risen with the recent rains.


As shown in Figure 2, the rainfall forecast for the next 5 days is ½” to 1 ¼” over the watershed. A ½” of rainfall is forecasted for today. Stratton Dam has received 0.4” of rain since 8am this morning. No rain is forecasted on Tuesday. There is slight chance of rain on Wednesday.


Gates at Stratton and Algonquin Dams will remain open until water levels recede below flood levels. The Fox River and Chain of Lakes are expected to rise an additional 0.2 foot.


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