ALMA — The end-of-May elevation of Nebraska’s second largest lake was the highest since June 1995, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Nebraska-Kansas office reports.
Harlan County Lake’s 396,900 acre-feet of water was second largest end-of-May content. The lake was 5 feet into flood pool, with 14.6 percent of the flood pool filled.
Water volume was 123 percent of full and 130 percent of average.
May inflows of 53,507 a-f compared to 8,543 a-f in outflows.
Year-to-date precipitation top averages at all 6 BOR project dams in the region. May’s 7.45 inches was the fourth highest May total at Harlan County.
Percentage of full numbers for Nebraska’s other Republican Basin reservoirs were: Swanson, 70 percent; Enders, 24 percent; Hugh Butler, 63 percent; and Harry Strunk, 109 percent.
The full Kansas reserviors include Lovewell Reservoir south of Superior, 150 percent.