Even small releases can have major impacts to areas downstream that are already flooded. The US Army Corps of Engineers manages all of the waterways in the US. Releases from Tuttle Creek Dam are controlled by the outlet works and spillway gates, there are no "uncontrolled releases. Releases will be adjusted and recalculated around the clock. The lake is doing what it was designed to do — store flood water as long as possible until it can be safely released.