The Little Rock District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that heavy rains are causing some of its six lakes in the White River basin to rise rapidly, especially Beaver Lake near Rogers, Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo., and Clearwater Lake near Piedmont, Mo. The lakes are operating as they should and are reducing flood damage downstream. People who live or work in flood plains below these dams should maintain awareness by monitoring weather and news media. Beaver and Table Rock lakes are expected to approach their flood storage capacities because of rain that has fallen. When this occurs, and if more heavy rain is forecast, people should decide beforehand whether to move belongings to higher ground. Flows downstream can increase quickly, with perhaps no more than an hour or two notice, and rapidly changing conditions could create even shorter notice.
People in at-risk areas should stay in contact with local emergency officials. If larger than normal releases are required from a dam, warnings will go out through local emergency channels. Local officials may not know you require notification unless you have told them so.
The lake was at elevation 1,131 feet Tuesday morning and rising. It is now above the lake’s flood storage capacity. April rainfall through Tuesday was over 14 inches. Releases from the spillway and powerhouse will increase to 20,000 cubic feet per second