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Update: Flow Release Plans as of April 14, 2014
The Corps has steadily increased the release from Blakely Dam in order to get the level of Lake Ouachita down below elevation 578.10 which is the beginning of the Flood Pool. Currently they are releasing about 6,600 CFS and that flow will be matched by the downstream Carpenter and Remmel Dams. Once the level drops below the flood pool the Corps will reduce the release from Blakely to around 2,000 CFS. It is hard to know at this time when that will be. Then on Monday we are supposed to get another ½ inch or so of rain. So we’ll be adjusting to the inflow from that as well.
In the meantime you may see lake levels rise and fall more than you might typically see in the summer time, but we anticipate that we will remain within the normal operating range.
Flow Release Plans as of April 14, 2014
We had some unexpected heavy rain last night and released a lot of water. Unfortunately we had telecommunications problems and could not get to our email to send out any information on it. We will be affected by this rainfall for the rest of the week.
We are currently releasing about 2400 CFS from Carpenter and Remmel Dams. The Corps is in restriction due to the high downstream river levels and so there is no release from Blakely. We expect that to lift tomorrow. Also Lake Ouachita is expected to rise up into the flood pool. So sometime, probably tomorrow, the Corps will begin releasing from Blakely, probably about 3,000 CFS. We will match that release from Carpenter and Remmel as needed to keep the lake levels stable. This will continue throughout the week and possibly into next week.
DeGray Lake has risen up into its flood pool. The Corps will also begin releasing about 2400 CFS once the downstream river levels fall and the restrictions are lifted. This will continue for several days until the lake drops down below the flood pool. After that DeGray should release about 2400 CFS from 6 AM to Noon.
There is another rain event coming this weekend. It is not forecasted to contain as much rain as this last one, but it could have an effect on lake levels and releases.
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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.