Water levels sit higher than normal at Lake McConaughy

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OGALLALA, Neb.-- There's a lot more water than usual at Nebraska's largest reservoir. Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District's civil engineer says lots of rain and better-than-average inflows into Lake McConaughy this summer are adding up.

Cory Steinke puts Lake Mac at 83 percent of capacity.

He says that the lake has only dropped about two and a half feet from its peak in mid-June. The reservoir typically declines by 10 to 15 feet during irrigation season.

Irrigation Division Manager Dave Ford said that crops in the area appear to be maturing ahead of normal, but weather conditions will influence how much water is needed from Lake McConaughy over the next few weeks.