Taneycomo Residents Watching Table Rock Lake

TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - After flash flooding moved through the Ozarks Sunday, all eyes in Taney County turned to the water level in Lake Taneycomo.

Residents along the body of water knew the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would eventually have to increase the amount of water coming out of Table Rock Dam.

Early Sunday morning, the amount of water coming through the ten spillway gates was 30,000 cubic feet per second. By two o'clock that afternoon, the amount was 50,000 and more was still on the way.

"We have to just wait and see with the Corps, and how much water is coming into Beaver Lake and how much water is coming into Table Rock," said Taney County resident, Michael Nauman. "And how much they can hold back."

This isn't Michael Nauman's first rodeo with a rising Lake Taneycomo; he knows exactly how much water it takes to reach the bottom level of his home.

When KOLR 10 spoke with him Sunday afternoon, the water had just started creeping into his front yard.

"[The last 48 hours have been] very traumatic," he said.

"My wife and I last night, sat up in the living room up there, on our upper level and never went to bed," Nauman said.

Emergency personnel across Taney County are also running on limited sleep. Flash flooding Saturday prompted water rescues, evacuations and road closures across the area.

The concern going forward for Taney County Emergency Management Director Chris Berndt is how high Taneycomo will go.

"My concern would be if [the Corps has] to go up, especially if it would have to be drastic," he said. "If the inflow continues high, then that's what's going to have to happen."

By six o'clock Sunday night, the amount of water coming out of Table Rock Dam had been increased to 62,000 cubic feet per second - roughly 10,000 short of the record.

The USACE says depending on future rainfall amounts, it might have to increase flows further.

"My hope is, since it's not raining, that we may not have to do that," said Berndt.

"The Corps is doing a pretty good job so far with the amount of water coming in through all the area -- the whole area," said Nauman.


This story includes video from Brian Walters with Drone Flight Squad: droneflightsquad@gmail.com
 


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