Millwood Lake levels lowered in preparation for rainy weather

Millwood Lake levels lowered in preparation for rainy weather

LITTLE RIVER CO., AR (KSLA) - The Little River at Horatio is expected to reach major flood stage before things get better and now emergency officials are doing what they can to alleviate the effects downstream.

More than normal water is being released from Millwood Lake near Ashdown, Arkansas.

U.S. Corps officials say last week the discharge was 1500-2000 cubic feet per second but today that number increased to 30,000 cubic feet per second. The Little River flows into Millwood and with that river approaching major flood stage, it is causing the corps to take release the extra water from the lake.

Water from Millwood flows into the Red River but corps spokesman Steve Spicer says they are concerned with people downriver.

"As long as the channel capacity will allow it down to Fulton we will continue releasing it and when the channel path reaches its full capacity we will shut back here at Millwood to allow the flood waters to pass at Red River," Spicer said.

Corps leaders encouraged lake visitors to use extra caution while visiting because there could be hidden dangers beneath the surface of the water.

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