Water reservoirs at good levels, farmers should have no worries for next season

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Twin Falls Canal Company says the water levels in the reservoirs are at the fullest they have ever been for the end of December.

"We're great on storage. We had real good precipitation in November and then very little in December," explained Brian Olmstead, the general manager of the company.

He predicts that there will be a full irrigation supply for farmers in the coming season and that they do not have anything to worry about.

"We know we're going to have full storage so there's a good snow pack up there now, but if the snow pack doesn't develop through February and March, then it makes it a little tighter into the late summer," Olmstead said.

He said the worst case scenario would be full reservoirs and not a good snow pack.

"Still makes it an average season, not a real good one necessarily... All we have to do is stay even. We don't have to really gain a bunch at this point, but we need to get some storms coming," he said.

The upper Snake reservoir system is about 85 percent full, he said. Some percentage of that has to be kept available for flood control purposes.

"You can't fill every reservoir to the brim, prior to seeing how much the snow pack is or you can see a flood in the spring," he continued "They're really as full as they can possibly be right now."

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