Revised Forecast from the Corps of Engineers:
Revised lake level forecasts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday indicate Bull Shoals Lake will swell to 690 feet above mean sea level by May 11 — five feet from the top of its flood storage capacity.
Barring additional rainfall, Norfork Lake is expected to crest Sunday at 579 feet, 1 foot below its top flood storage capacity, and remain at that level for several days.
The top of Bull Shoals Lake’s conservation pool is 654 feet MSL, and Norfork Lake’s is 552 feet MSL. The conservation pool top is the level considered ideal water allocation for generating electricity and municipal public water supply.
At higher elevations in the White River Basin, Beaver Lake at 1,129 feet had fallen to 88 percent of its flood storage capacity and Table Rock at 930.2 feet was at 91 percent of capacity on Friday.
Rains averaging more than 14 inches across the White River Basin during the week created the large reservoirs. Worn-out turbine shaft seals and tainter gate seals in Norfork Dam have required constant release of lake water through emergency tainter gates since Monday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered the past week.
Debbie & Jim Traylor