For Immediate Release
11 March 2016
Barnett Reservoir increasing discharge
After a 10 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service Jackson, the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District opened its gates to allow a discharge of 30,000 cubic feet per second.
“Over the next 12 hours, that will cause the river to rise to 31.5 feet at Jackson,” PRVWSD general manager John Sigman said.
This action is taken to create storage in the reservoir to allow some reduction in the ultimate peak at locations downriver.
According to forecast models, which include rainfall predictions 48 hours ahead, the inflow at Barnett Reservoir should peak at around 45,000 cubic feet per second on Wednesday.
At 10 a.m. Friday, the inflow was 24,000 feet.
The Pearl River is expected to crest at different locations above the reservoir on Monday and Tuesday.
The public can track river forecasts online:
For Barnett Reservoir: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jsnm6
For Jackson: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jacm6