As for the Gilboa Dam, officials said the state Department of Environmental Conservation authorized an emergency draw-down of the Schoharie Reservoir at a rate of approximately 600 million gallons per day. Lowering the water level can reduce the amount of water that may spill over the top of the dam and flow downstream into Schoharie Creek.
Officials said the release will help create a “void space” in the Schoharie Reservoir. Water drained from the Schoharie is diverted through the Shandaken Tunnel to Esopus Creek then into Ashokan Reservoir.
The DEC also authorized releases from the Ashokan Reservoir at a rate of 600 million gallons per day to reduce peak storm flows by maximizing the use of reservoir storage, officials said. The releases will end with the onset of storm precipitation, or if any flood risk arises based on stream gauge monitoring, the state agency reported.