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UPDATE 4/06/2016 - 4:00 pm

Toledo Bend Spillway Gates Closed

 

April 6, 2016

 

TOLEDO BEND PROJECT JOINT OPERATION 


Sabine River Authority of Texas      Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana

450 Spur 135                                   15091 Texas Highway

Burkeville, TX  75932                      Many, LA  71449

 

  

(Toledo Bend Reservoir)   Spillway gates at the Toledo Bend Reservoir have been closed following a major rain event last month.   The lake elevation gauge reading at noon today was 172.14 feet msl.  Currently no spillway gates are open and one generator is running 24 hours per day for a total release of 6,894 cubic feet per second (cfs). 

 

Although flows in the Sabine River basin are returning to normal conditions following a major rain event which dropped 18 inches of water directly over Toledo Bend Reservoir over a three day period, resulting in a record high elevation of the reservoir of 174.36 feet mean sea level at 6:00 a.m. on March 10, 2016, the Sabine River Authority of Texas and the Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana (collectively, the Authorities) continue to emphasize the importance of keeping informed and staying safe during this flood event. Any emergency situation should be immediately directed to local first response authorities by calling 9-1-1.

 

Disaster assistance may be available to individuals in need. To register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), please call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The American Red Cross is currently taking applications for assistance at 1-866-526-8300. For more information on these assistance programs, please contact your county or parish offices:

 

LOUISIANA

Vernon Parish:                337-238-0815

Beauregard Parish:        337-460-5442

Calcasieu Parish:            337-491-3600

Cameron Parish:             337-775-7048

 

TEXAS

Newton County:             409-379-5691

Orange County:              409-882-7740

Panola County:               903-693-0391

Sabine County:                409-787-3543

 

The Toledo Bend Project (Project) is a water supply facility owned by the States of Louisiana and Texas through the Authorities, both of which are governmental entities organized and existing under the laws of their respective states. The Authorities are responsible for operating the Project within parameters of a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Following the expiration of the original 50-year license, FERC issued a new license for the Project in 2014, which included operating conditions consistent with those requested by the Authorities and federal and state regulators and approved by FERC. FERC also conducts periodic dam safety inspections of the Project, requires the Authorities to undertake regular review and training of its Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the Project, and requires an independent consultant to regularly inspect the Project and recommend any measures needed to further protect the safety and integrity of Project works.  Because the March 2016 event represents the flood of record at the Project, the Authorities will work with FERC, emergency response and law enforcement agencies to evaluate the adequacy of the EAP and ensure the continued safety and integrity of the Project.

 

While the Authorities are committed to working with FERC, other federal, state, and local agencies, and members of the public to ensure that the historic March 2016 rainfall event will be thoroughly analyzed and addressed in Project plans and other documents related to the continued safety of the public and Project works, the Toledo Bend Project-since its inception and original development over 50 years ago has never been a flood-control facility. Rather, the Project is regulated, as set forth in the Project license, to accommodate a number of public benefits, including water supply, recreation, and hydropower production.

 

While emergencies and disaster assistance questions should be directed to the agencies listed above, questions related to FERC's oversight of the Project may be directed to FERC's Office of Energy Projects at the toll-free number 1-844-434-0053. Comments to FERC also can be sent by submitting an e-comment at: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp.

 

 

 For further information on this press release contact:

Sabine River Authority of Texas

Ann Galassi

(409) 746-2192

agalassi@sratx.org

Sabine River Authority, State of LA

Mike Carr or Brian McDonald

(337) 286-5244

brian.mcdonald@la.gov
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                  March 10, 2016                                                         

                                                                       

                       

Major Rains Cause Lower Sabine River Basin Flooding Event

 

(Orange, TX)  According to the National Weather Service (NWS) more than 16 to 18 inches of rainfall has fallen over Toledo Bend Reservoir within the last three days with more rain expected.  Toledo Bend Reservoir, operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas and the Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana reached a record level high of 174.36 feet mean sea level (msl) at 6:00 a.m. this morning due to the rainfall event.   The current gauge reading is 174.20 feet msl at 3:00 p.m. today.  Toledo Bend Reservoir is not a flood control reservoir and reaches full pool at 172.0 feet msl.  Spillway gate releases, which protect the integrity of the dam, have reached a record of 207,644 cubic feet per second (cfs) which is 90,000 cfs over the previous record set in 1989. Currently 9 gates are open 22 feet and 1 generator is running 24 hours/day.  There is no truth to the rumors that the Toledo Bend dam could break due to the record releases.  The integrity of the dam is intact and is operating as designed.    

 

Six to eight inches have also fallen over the lower Sabine River.  The NWS is forecasting a record flood event for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Their latest forecast shows gauge heights to go over flood stage in Burkeville, Bon Weir and Deweyville.  The Ruliff (Deweyville) gauge is forecasted to peak at a new record of 34.4 feet which is 2.2 feet above the record set in 1884 and 5.2 feet above the level set in 1989.  According to the NWS forecast at 1:45 p.m. today, the forecast will reach moderate flood stage, 26 feet on Saturday afternoon and will reach major flood stage 28 feet on Sunday morning.  Forecast numbers climb to 33.6 feet on Tuesday, March 15th. 

The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA-TX) and the Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana (SRA-LA) want everyone to stay informed and be safe during this flooding event.  The National Weather Service Forecast website for Ruliff (Deweyville) gauge can be accessed at:  http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lch&gage=dwyt2

Although SRA-TX and SRA-LA are coordinating with local Emergency Management Departments throughout the Lower Sabine River Basin, County and Parish officials handle any evacuation orders.  Please contact your local county and parish offices for more information.

 

For further information on the flooding event contact:

 

Sabine River Authority of Texas                              Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana

 Ann Galassi                                                                Brian McDonald or Mike Carr

(409) 746-2192                                                           (337) 286-5244

agalassi@sratx.org                                                     brian.mcdonald@la.gov