floodBreese firefighters begin the recovery of a Dodge minivan found in floodwaters off Old State Road at Beaver Creek the morning of Jan. 16. Firefighters discovered the body of Conrad Olson Sr., 61, of Centralia, after towing the vehicle from the water. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    Flooding in Clinton County claimed a victim last week.
    First responders were called to Old State Road north of Breese around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 for a report of a vehicle in the water.
    Breese firefighters waded 150 to 200 feet out from the road to the vehicle, a Dodge minivan, and broke windows before discovering the body of Conrad Olson Sr., 61, of Centralia,  inside the rear of the vehicle.
    Clinton County Deputy Coroner Andy Zieren said on Jan. 17 that Olson's death is being treated as a drowning or death by hypothermia, as the coroner's office hasn't confirmed either cause.

damGulls take advantage of the turbulent waters below the Carlyle Lake dam to feed on Jan. 17. The waters flow into the Lower Kaskaskia River. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    Information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on levels at Carlyle Lake showed the pool elevation at 455.12 feet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    Figures issued this past Sunday morning, had the elevation at 454.33 feet, with the lake expected to crest on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 455.50 feet.
    The figures are feet above mean sea level,
    The tail water elevation was at 425.77 feet and the release rate was at 9,580 cubic feet per second, with an inflow of 23,600 cubic feet per second and no precipitation.
    At 7 a.m. on Jan. 14, the Corps announced that the pool elevation was 452.10 feet, with a release of approximately 8,350 cubic feet per second.
    The inflow was approximately 23,400 day second feet.
    With the precipitation on the ground, the lake was expected to crest at 454 feet on Jan. 18.
    In accordance with their water control plan, the Corps planned to increase their downstream releases to 10,000 cubic feet per second by Jan. 15.
    The record pool stage was 459.8 feet, reached on May 18, 2002.
    On Jan. 16 information on the lake from the Corps of Engineers showed the lake elevation was at 453.55 feet with an expected crest Jan. 18 of 454 feet and the tail water elevation at 426 feet.
    The release rate was 10,000 cubic feet per second, with an inflow on Jan. 15 of 18,670 cubic feet per second, and no precipitation.
    The top of what's known as the flood control pool and the minor flood level is 462.5 feet.
    445 feet is the top of the conservation (normal) pool and where the flood pool begins.
    At 456 feet, Lakeside Restaurant is flooded, along with 400 campsites, 17 township roads, 17 boat ramps, Coles Creek oil wells, and the north end of Hazlet State Park.
    The lake's average depth is 11 feet, and its maximum depth is 35 feet.

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Carlyle Lake Levels

Lake levels

 Fri., Jan. 17
 Sun., Jan. 19 454.79 
 Tues., Jan. 21 455.10 



 Jan. 15 .01" 
 Jan. 16 .00" 
 Jan. 17 .00" 
 Jan. 18 1.92" 
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