The recent precipitation in Ashland has filled Reeder Reservoir but does not mitigate the possibility of drought conditions this summer.
More than 51 million gallons of water flowed into Reeder Reservoir this past weekend and water has begun to flow over the top of the dam. Slider gates on either side of the dam have been raised to let some of the water out. This is much earlier in the year for the reservoir to be full; one of the problems of having rain rather than snow.
Ideally, Reeder Reservoir is full at the end of April and the snowpack is 60% of normal. Without additional snow, a full reservoir, even at the end of April will not get us through the summer.
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