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Lake and Flow News - Latest Email Message

Update: Flow Release Plans as of November 16, 2015

Due to about 2-1/2 inches of rainfall we have increased the releases from Carpenter and Remmel dams to about 18,000 CFS. Lake Hamilton peaked at about elevation 395.14 and Lake Catherine peaked at 300.23. Lake Catherine is falling now and we expect Hamilton to drop soon, we do not plan to increase our releases further. The tributary creeks have peaked as well.

We will be returning lake levels to the normal winter time drawdown levels of 394.70 and 299 during the night. As inflow subsides we will also be able to reduce our releases.

Hopefully everyone survived the high winds. We have heard reports of some damage around town.

Things should return to normal tomorrow.

Flow Release Plans as of November 16, 2015

The drawdowns of lake Hamilton and Catherine are complete. Both lakes are down 5 feet. The normal pool for Hamilton during the drawdown is 394.7 +/- six inches. The normal pool for Catherine during the drawdown is 299 +/- one foot. The lakes will be refilled in early March 2016.

We will return to minimum flow releases only, except as needed to pass excess rainfall runoff.

We are expecting between 3 and 4 inches of rain over the next 24 hours. Hopefully, it won’t all fall at once, but flash flood warnings have been issued. We have pulled Lake Hamilton down to the lower range of the drawdown operating range and Catherine is headed that way. We will return the lakes to normal drawdown levels as soon as the threat of heavy rain has passed.

DeGray will also be at minimum flow releases of about 150 CFS daily.


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(You can hear this message recorded at 501-844-2125.)

For more lake and shoreline information, contact: Kimberly Bogart or 501.844.2116.
For more flow release information, contact: Ted Smethers or 501-844-2125.

We draft two to three editions of the “Life on the Lakes” newsletter and all editions are available through our website, but we currently only mail out the Summer Edition typically in May of each year. You can find the latest copy on the Entergy Hydro Operations entergy.com/hydro website. If you live on the lake and are not receiving our newsletter, send an email to Kimberly Bogart with your name and mailing address.

Disclaimer: This message was provided as a public service by Entergy Arkansas, Inc. There is no guarantee that actual releases or lake level projections will occur as described. We do our best to plan our operations and to accurately communicate those plans, however system conditions are subject to change at a moment's notice and we may not always be available to communicate those changes in a timely fashion.