For Immediate Release
16 March 2016
Barnett Reservoir decreases release
The National Weather Service forecasting a peak inflow into the reservoir of 45,900 cubic feet per second, but backed off its forecasted crest of 34 feet at Jackson. The NWS said the river crested early Wednesday.
In a morning conference call with the NWS, the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District said its plan includes another reduction overnight and more over the next few days as the inflow decreases. The NWS is forecasting a steady decrease in inflows through the weekend.
By lowering the lake ahead of the peak inflow, the PRVWSD succeeded in its plan to create storage needed to reduce ultimate crests downriver.
Barnett Reservoir stood at 297.87 feet above sea level at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Officials expect the lake to rise to 298.3 as it holds the floodwaters.
River levels can be tracked online at these websites:
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