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Lake and Flow News - Latest Email Message

June 22, 2017 Storm Update:

National Weather Service Little Rock, AR

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will approach from the Gulf Coast today, and will arrive in southern Arkansas late tonight. Surrounding the system, areas of heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms will spread across the region. Rain will be heaviest and most widespread across the southeast half of the state.

A few storms may be severe this afternoon and evening in the southeast (Figure 2). In addition to the possibility of damaging winds, an isolated brief and weak tornado or two may be spawned.

Areas of rain will continue Friday morning. Rain could be heavy south and east of Little Rock.

Through Friday, two to five inches of rain will be possible across the southern and eastern counties, with a Flash Flood Watch posted. The atmosphere will be loaded with moisture, and this could lead to locally more than five inches of precipitation, especially along the track of the tropical system.

The system will exit the region toward the Tennessee Valley Friday afternoon. This will happen as a cold front pushes into Arkansas from the Plains.

Below is the expected track of the remnants Tropical Storm Cindy. Note: “D” is “Tropical Depression”.

Flow Release Schedule:

Blakely, Carpenter and Remmel will release about 4,000 CFS for about 3 hours starting at noon on weekends and at 3 p.m. on weekdays.

(Note that during any rain events the flows will increase beyond those mentioned here to pass any inflow we receive)

DeGray will be release about 1,500 CFS for 8 hours starting at noon.

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Flow Release Plans as of June 22, 2017

Storm News:

Tropical Storm Cindy will be affecting our local watershed within the next few days. The amount of rainfall is still questionable according to the different weather models tracking the storm’s path.

To prepare for the possible inflow of water from the rain we will be lowering both lakes approximately six inches below the normal summertime level.  Entergy personnel will be opening gates to pass any potential inflow of water to maintain lake levels. Lakefront property owners should take pre-cautions to ensure that shoreline facilities and personal belongings are secured before the storms hit the area.

And as always, storms of this nature will increase the amount of naturally occurring debris in our lakes so boaters should take extra caution.

Current Flow Release Schedule:

Other than the flows mentioned above to lower the lake levels our current release schedule is as follows: Blakely, Carpenter and Remmel will release about 4,000 CFS for about 3 hours starting at Noon on weekends and at 3 p.m. on weekdays.

(Note that during any rain events the flows will increase beyond those mentioned here to pass any inflow we receive)

DeGray will be release about 1,500 CFS for 8 hours starting at noon.

 


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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.