VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District announces that Arkabutla Lake will experience a temporary power outage on Tuesday, Nov. 3 due to relief well installation in the toe ditch along the base of Arkabutla Dam.
The power outage is expected to last five hours and will affect most of the recreation areas at the lake, including Dub Patton and South Abutment campgrounds.
Relief wells are used to alleviate pressure in confined spaces below the surface and act as a common flexible flood control measure for dam and levee systems.
For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.
Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada lakes, the four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility, were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which provided a plan designed to address flooding that originated in the Yazoo Basin. The four reservoirs are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure. With approximately 3.2 million visitors each year, the north Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy.
The USACE Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The USACE Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The Vicksburg District is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.