Corps of Engineers Intends Water Releases from Area Dams

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced a plan to release water from multiple dams during the next two days.

The Corps says it’s based on the forecasts of the National Weather Service showing significant rainfall over the next three days in the White River region.

“Corps policy requires its staff to operate the lakes based upon runoff from rain that has actually fallen and can be measured,” Chief of Hydraulics & Technical Services Branch, Mike Biggs, said in a statement. “Operating the dams based upon ‘water on the ground’ allows engineers to make data based decisions.”

Under the current plan, the Corps will make spillway releases from Beaver and Table Rock Lake Dams on Tuesday, Bull Shoals Dam on Wednesday and that they will increase the spillway output on Norfork Dam on Wednesday.

Rainfall runoff amounts will determine the amount of release.

The Corps is advising areas downstream to prepare for increased water levels and to make plans for high water.

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