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New flood threat after Corps opens Bull Shoals floodgates

Floodgates Opened  (Source:  Baxter Co. Sheriff) Floodgates Opened (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff)
Threatened Dock  (Source:  Baxter Co. Sheriff) Threatened Dock (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff)
Homes in Affected Area  (Source:  Baxter Co. Sheriff) Homes in Affected Area (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff)
Bull Shoals Lake  (Source:  Baxter Co. Sheriff) Bull Shoals Lake (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A new threat of flooding for people living along the White River after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes an unprecedented move.

On Tuesday the corps opened floodgate spillways at Bull Shoals Dam.  Laurie Driver, a spokeswoman for the corps' Little Rock district, says some 35,000 cubic feet of water per second was pouring from the dam. That's like 26 Olympic-sized swimming pools going past you every minute.

The corps planned to increase that number to about 44,700 cubic feet per second, or about 33 Olympic-sized swimming pools per minute.  This is double the amount of water normally discharged into the White River.

That extra water will head down the White River, causing the river to rise several feet and potentially lead to flooding.

On Tuesday, Baxter County Sheriff's deputies went door to door handing out information and warning notice flyers.  People living in the affected areas should consider seeking shelter at a safe location.  Those who choose to stay home are urged to pay close attention to the rising water levels.

 

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