HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. -- The Army Corps of Engineers will begin spillway releases April 1 from Greers Ferry Dam as part of the ongoing effort to evacuate water captured during heavy February and March rains.
At 8 a.m. four gates will be opened one-foot each for a release of about 3,300 cubic feet per second. Combined with the hydropower release, the total release will be vary between 6,800 c.f.s. and 9,300 c.f.s.
At 10 a.m., two additional gates will be opened two-foot each for a total spillway release of about 6,500 c.f.s. Combined with the hydropower release, the total release will be about 9,200 c.f.s.
A falling lake level will come as welcome news to many who live around or recreate at Greers Ferry Lake because the lake is still more than eight feet above the top of its conservation pool. Those who live and recreate on the Little Red River below the dam should be aware of higher flows and plan accordingly.
Barring additional heavy rain, the lake level is expected to drop about half-a-foot a day for about 12 days until the lake reaches elevation 463 feet.
Officials advise boat dock owners to keep an eye on their docks and move them as needed to prevent them from grounding.
The Corps also advises boaters to slow down, wear life jackets, use depth finders and check with local marinas about possible trouble spots as the lake level recedes.
The releases are being made in accordance with the White River Water Control Plan. The plan calls for releasing stored floodwater up to a 21-foot river stage at Newport and up to 21 feet at Georgetown until April 14.
After April 14, the regulating stage decreases to 14 feet at Newport and 16 feet at Georgetown in conjunction with the start of the agricultural season.
For more information about Greers Ferry Lake, visit our website at www.swl.usace.army.mil or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace. Or call the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-362-2416.
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