Lake and Flow News - Latest Email Message
Flow Release as of April 28, 2016
The current forecast is for about 4 inches of rain over a 12 hour period starting Friday morning. We are hoping that the rain will be spread out and maybe we can pass the inflow without a High Water Notification event – that is we keep the flow release from Remmel below 15,000 CFS. But as a precaution against a flash flood that can raise the lake very quickly we are lowering the lakes to near the bottom of their normal operating range. Lake Hamilton has a target elevation of 399.70 with a high level of 399.90 and an low level of 398.90. Lake Catherine is restricted to between 304 and 304.50 from mid-March to mid-May but we can deviate during rain events. And so we will pull Lake Catherine down below 304 about six inches or so.
Flow releases will increase while we pull the lakes down and as the rain falls and our inflow increases. We’ll just have to see what we actually get. Once the threat of heavy rain has passed we will be refilling the lakes and return to the schedule described below as best we can. If Lake Ouachita rises up into the flood pool then the Corps will likely want to release 24/7 until it is down.
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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.