Friday, January 4, 2019

Rez Discharge Increased

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement.

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District officials are increasing the release of water from Barnett Reservoir Friday in an attempt to slow a rise on the lake caused by local rains over the last 24 hours.

After a conference call with the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Jackson, it was decided that an increase in outflow to 35,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) would not raise the threat of flooding to Jackson and other downstream locations and allow the 33,000-acre lake to slow its rise.

The increase of outflow on Friday would not change the forecast peak of 33 feet on the Jackson gauge, but would bring it to that level on Saturday morning instead of Sunday as earlier predicted. At 33 feet, minor to moderate flooding can be expected in Jackson. While some streets will be flooded, no houses or businesses are expected to get water.

An estimated two inches of rain fell Thursday in the Jackson and reservoir area, bringing the total to between five and six inches this week, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson. It caused inflow into the reservoir to rise above previous forecast models of 34,500 cfs been predicted for Tuesday (Jan. 8). The inflow was measuring 36,900 cfs at 9 a.m. Friday.

The lake stood at 297.28 at 9 a.m. on Friday, up over 1.5 feet in two weeks.


Common Sense said...

I have said it 1,000 times. The Rez. level should be dropped starting around Oct. or Nov.
You KNOW the rains are coming in Feb. - Apr. and would refill the Rez., and the flooding in Flowood & Jackson would not be as bad.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure it was dropped this year to help get rid of the invasive plant they have in Petersnatchy Bay.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dummy (b/c you ain't got no Common Sense, all you had to do is Google Ross Barnett Level) , the Rez WAS lowered when they finally could lower it and it was 2 FEET lower on Dec 28th. Which just proves again that the REZ cannot be used for significant flood control. See that word "significant" it's an important word to understand, it doesn't mean zero, but it does mean the Rez doesn't lower downstream flooding an amount enough to make a difference.

Anonymous said...

I hope someone takes a shovel to the levee. Jackson needs the kind of bath New Orleans got.

Anonymous said...

I just would have hoped that they started discharging the water about 4 days before the expected rain. With the radar now days you can anticipate several days in advance and at least have a head start on it.

Anonymous said...

Lookout downstream!

Anonymous said...

For discharge issues penicillin usually fixes the problem.

Anonymous said...


The level was dropped. I was driving the Natchez Trace last weekend. The entrances to Northbay and Twin Harbor looked to be barely accessible due to the low level. The shoreline all the way to Hwy 43 also showed how low the level was. As shallow as the RBR is it doesn't take much rainfall upstream to dramatically raise the level in a short period of time. RBR is not a flood control reservoir but they do an excellent job of controlling levels to help with flooding. The level in RBR cannot be allowed above a certain level or it will breach the dam. If you think Jackson has seen flooding in the past just wait until that happens.

Noah said...

I hope the people against the two lakes project all get flooded.

Anonymous said...

Funny how folks with common sense but lacking knowledge can be such big dumb bunnies at times.

Anonymous said...

Uhhh. It ain't Two Lakes no more, Hoss. It ain't been that for a while.

Now, asides from being unable to explain how filling wetland and flood plains with water (in order to build some McMansions) will "stop" or "reduce" flooding, and being unable to explain how they will pay for all the bridges which will be undermined, and not being able to explain WHY anyone would want that, the "project" for Flooded Homes Estates Subdivision (a Federal TaxPayer Subsidized "My Risk/Your Cost" unplanned community) is going GREAT!

Everybody, the smart fellers, sees all the increased rainfall and says, Uhhh Uhhh, I wanna build me a big ole house below a Dam in New Madrid Earthquake country with all this flooding going on! Sign me up! I took swim lessons at the Y! What could happen?

Beside, I can get on here and complain about the Corps of Engineers if I get flooded and sue the GubMint for my stupid decisions! The Tea Party way!

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly at one time in 1979 they released about 125,000 to 150,000 cubic feet per second. They got a ways to go

Anonymous said...

I just stopped in to say I have a problem with this part of the press release: "...a rise on the lake caused by local rains over the last 24 hours."

It ain't 'local rains' that causing this situation. It's rain forty miles upstream as well. Take a look at the Big Black river from any highway crossing it and tell me it's 'local rain' that's causing it to be forty feet wider and seven feet deeper in water than normal.

Anonymous said...

Folks that think the Rez can be used as a flood control measure didn’t experience the Easter Flood/Flood of ‘79.

Gearshifter G said...
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Anonymous said...

We get it. 2.57 and his Madison buddies do not want one lake.

Cynical Sam said...

It's global warming and a vast left wing conspiracy to deprive us of our precious bodily fluids.

Anonymous said...

I've seen John Sigman criticized some. What's the skinny on that guy? Competent or not? Don't know much about him.

Anonymous said...

9:35 - I've never seen his resume. Has anyone else? He's one arrogant guy for sure. Has two new ideas every year. None ever fly. Clean up the Rez. Charge boat fees. Clean up the neighborhoods and get boats out of yards. Build 500 thousand square foot houses. Build an off ramp on Trace to Lost Rabbit. Count on Mike Espy to accomplish that one. Impersonate G. Gordon Liddy (Wait - He actually did accomplish that one).

Anonymous said...

The river gauge on the Pearl at Ratliff's Ferry says the in-flow at the Reservoir is closer to 40.7 kcfs as of today. All the gauges up river are at minor flood stage today... I can't imagine what the map must have looked like back in '79 during that monsoon.

Cynical Sam said...

Before long it will be Spring and all of this will be water under the bridge.

//bada bing//

Anonymous said...

Cynical Sam says "Not to worry...that boil on your ass should clear up by start of summer".

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