Tuesday, February 11, 2020

River Rises Again

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

 Barnett Reservoir officials said Tuesday they are processing another high-water event through the dam after as much as eight inches of rain had fallen over 48 hours throughout the Pearl River basin.

With more rain in the forecast, the National Weather Service is forecasting the highest river level of the year with a predicted crest of 35.5 feet on the Pearl River gauge at Jackson either on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

At that level, the city can expect some street flooding, but reservoir officials are working hard to limit the impact.

“We will begin storing water, and we will do all we can to again mitigate flooding in Jackson and other downstream locations,” said John Sigman, General Manager of Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that oversees operation of the 33,000-acre lake north of Jackson.

“We have been given a forecast of up to 71,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) flowing into the reservoir by Sunday,” Sigman said. “That is a significantly larger inflow than what we had two weeks ago (about 59,500 cfs) when the river reached 34.34 feet in Jackson. It is our plan to match the outflow to the inflow - until we reach 55,000 cfs and then start holding water.”

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Barnett Reservoir stood at 295.11 feet above sea level, and is forecast to crest around 298.5 early next week, if the current forecast models hold.

More rain is forecast for Wednesday before the area begins clearing for two days before another front approaches this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Sigman said PRVWSD has been conservative in its release through Tuesday, giving downstream areas, like Jackson a chance to see local flash flood conditions pass before increasing outflows at the dam.


Anonymous said...

What’s up with the plastic on the level?. Looks kinda scary to me.

Anonymous said...

I've said it before and I will repeat the sentiment. A major natural disaster in Jackson would be an improvement.

Anonymous said...

I thought Stoke's lawsuit had stopped Mother Nature.

But I'm not worried.

There's no doubt the Jackson Mayor will release a three page statement
that explains everything.

Anonymous said...

9:16 this is the most ignorant comment ever posted on this blog. The Hinds/Rankin assets at risk are among the most valuable in the metro. The first dollar of flood damage would be a bigger loss than the erasure of every opinion you’ve ever had. Do everyone a favor and STFU.

Anonymous said...


You reap what you sew. Danks.oversaw clearing of ditches/ creeks after 79. 4 decades ago. What has been done since?

Anonymous said...

12:38...Please. You RIP what you SEW. You REAP what you SOW.

Anonymous said...

WLBT stated on its site that the reservoir was “295’ deep.........”

Anonymous said...

Wishing a peril on someone is real classy.

Anonymous said...

Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie When the Levee Breaks - Famous 1927 Mississippi River Flood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swhEa8vuP6U

Anonymous said...

@7:37 AM
I'm 9:16 PM.
If you are referring to me, I didn't wish anything. I just said it would be an improvement. It is the truth. Jackson is a shithole.

Anonymous said...

I love this blog!

Cynical Sam said...

Couldn't mayor flapjaw donate the water to China?

Anonymous said...

Climate Change deniers take note and get used to record floods. This appears to be the new norm.
It's not a Chinese hoax. This is real. You can mock brave activists but you boomers need to take it seriously. This is your fault. You are ruining the future for your grand6and great grandkids.

Anonymous said...

7:26 that is the elevation above sea level, not the depth of the reservoir.

Also, they had Dr. Amari from City of Jackson at the press conference standing behind Sigman.
Guess that is to appease Mr. Stokes.

Anonymous said...

7:26, the reservoir is 295' above sea level, not 295' deep.

Albert Schweitzer said...

The Ross Barnentt reservoir has an average depth of twelve feet.
In the old river channel it is somewhat deeper, but large areas are less than sex feet deep.

Anonymous said...

About sixty years ago I was visiting relatives in the Birmingham Ridge Community just north of Tupelo, MS. While playing in the woods I discovered a white sandy beach type area with sea shells(no sea). I don’t understand these “climate change” advocates. Obviously at some time in history, the sea level was north of Tupelo, MS.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 1:43 PM:

"... sex feet deep...." ?

Are we talking about the Rez or Crystal Lake?

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