Clearwater Lake Releasing More Water
The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District will increase discharges through the conduit to 5,000 cubic feet per second at 9 a.m. Releases may be increased to as much as 10,000 c.f.s. The largest release ever made from Clearwater was 4,000 c.f.s. in 2011.
This morning the lake was at elevation 566, with 97 percent of its flood storage capacity being used. Based on the 9 inches of rain that fell during the weekend, the lake is expected to crest at about 571 on May 3, if there is no additional rain.
The dam is operating as it should and continues to hold the flood waters that have been captured behind the dam over the past week, significantly reducing flooding downstream. This is what Clearwater was designed and constructed to do.
Army Corps of Engineers personnel are monitoring lake levels and maintaining 24-hour surveillance, and the dam is sound. Personnel from the Corps’ Clearwater Lake Project Office are staying in contact with state and local officials to coordinate public safety information.
Daily lake information can be obtained at www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.