BRANSON, Mo. – Branson residents were among those in the Ozarks hit hard by flash flooding Saturday afternoon.
The flood waters prompted several water rescues, encouraged evacuations for homeowners, closed roads and increased the levels of area lakes — Lake Taneycomo rose three-feet in just one hour.
Table Rock Dam, which releases water into Lake Taneycomo, has yet to a make a weather-related release from its gates.
The water flowing from the dam right now is due to maintenance on one of the dam’s generators.
The questions on the mind of many emergency personnel is if and when the USACE releases additional storage from Table Rock Dam, how much will it be?
KOLR 10 spoke with Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin, who has been in constant contact with the USACE, and asked if a release similar to that of 2015 could be in the near future.
“Anything is possible… tonight or even tomorrow morning,” he says.
“It will truly come down to the great work that Corps does to take measurements between the lake systems, the inflows, how much rain did we get, how much can be stored and where it can be stored at?”
“But, when we’re at the level we’re at [in Taneycomo], and what [the USACE has] shared with us… We think we should be ahead of it as a community and move some people,” he says.
If the USACE does increase the flow of water out of Table Rock Dam, it will most likely occur between 8pm Saturday night and 4am Sunday morning.