Norfork Spillway Gates Open

Norfork Dam spillway open in 2017 steve Dally inage

The Corp of Engineers yesterday opened spillway gates on Norfork Dam, saying even “modest weekend” rains could fill flood storages in many White River Lakes.

Heavy rain yesterday morning just added to a wet season filling the lakes, but was stout enough to close Denton Ferry Road. Corp closed off the Quarry Park ramp yesteray morning before opening the gates at 1pm

We have opened 12 spillway gates on Norfork Dam to half a foot each. The total spillway flow will be around 6,600 cubic feet per second. The total release from the dam, combined with one hydropower unit running around the clock, will be around 9,500 c.f.s.

Modest rains this weekend could exceed flood storage in many of the White River Lakes. Because of uncertainty in rainfall forecasts, releases will respond to the on-the-ground impacts to best minimize flood damages.

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Hightower Creek topping the bridge around 9.30am yesterday _ Steve Dally image

Heavy rains early Friday morning also cut Denton Ferry Road at the Hightower Creek bridge, damaging the surface.

Bull Shoals Dam was around 2.34 feet from the top of flood pool at the time of publication