“As you all probably know, the rain we received over the weekend has impacted a number of AGFC facilities on the White and North Fork of the White Rivers,” says Christy Graham, Trout Biologist Supervisor for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
“The Corps is currently using flood surcharge operations at Beaver Dam, Table Rock Dam, and Norfork Dam. All three of those reservoirs are near or exceeding the top of their flood pool elevations. They are using a combination of turbines and spillway gates at all three lakes to evacuate the water. Total releases are 52,000 cf/s (cubic feet per second) at Beaver, 52,500 cf/s at Table Rock, and 29,600 cf/s at Norfork.”
For reference, one turbine at full generation produces close to 3,000 cf/s. AGFC access areas on the White and North Fork of the White (Norfork) Rivers will also be impacted by the Buffalo River and Crooked Creek flooding that occurred over the weekend.
“I would advise anyone putting in or taking out at access areas from Cotter-downstream on the White to use caution,” says Graham. “There is a lot of large debris from the flood currently floating down the river. Once the water levels drop, I expect debris to be found all around the access areas. As soon as waters go down, the AGFC will work to assess damages and arrange repairs and clean-ups. Please use caution while fishing at these accesses after the flood and especially while boating. Again, large debris, including logs, rootwads, and boulders will have been displaced by the flood waters and your ability to see them in the water may be limited. I strongly encourage life jackets.”
For more information, visit the Little Rock District Corp of Engineers website: http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/.