Reservoir officials: discharge at the dam being lowered

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Officials with the Ross Barnett Reservoir said discharge at the dam is being lowered.

It’s being lowered to 40,000 cubic feet per second.

According to the National Weather Service, the River crested early Wednesday morning.

The discharge is being lowered to hold Wednesday’s peak inflow. The NWS 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 is forecasting a steady decrease in inflows through the weekend. The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District said by lowering the lake before the peak inflow, they succeeded in creating storage space needed to reduce ultimate crests downriver.

Officials expect the lake to rise to 298.3 as it holds the floodwaters. They said Wednesday morning, the Reservoir stood at 297.87 feet above sea level.


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