Kanopolis Spillway After Weeks of Rain

Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains

After weeks of rain, Kanopolis Lake is getting close to capacity. The only time it has had more water was in 1993 and 1951! As a result virtually all roads into the park are closed, making it difficult to capture pictures of the flooding.

I got one shot of someone rowing across one of the roads, and few of the spillway area, as that part of the park is still open.

There is a big earth slide near the spillway due to the ground being saturated with water, but it’s not part of the dam and not a major concern. Scary looking photo though!

Otherwise, the discharge rate is pretty normal for the time after a lot of rain. I read they are only releasing about 10% of the incoming water. Makes sense, as the whole point of the lake is to hold the water so the downstream towns like Lindsborg don’t flood.

Kanopolis Park closed after heavy rains
Kanopolis Park closed after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains
Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains

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