Heavy rainfall causing Wappapello Lake levels to rise - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Heavy rainfall causing Wappapello Lake levels to rise

WAPPAPELLO LAKE, MO (KFVS) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake says significant rainfall at the St. Francis River watershed north of Wappapello Lake have caused the upper St. Francis River and Wappapello Lake to rise.

As of noon on Wednesday, the Wappapello Lake level was 364.08 feet relative to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) and rising and the discharge at the spillway was 1,280 (cubic feet per second).

The lake level is forecast to crest at approximately 370.5 feet NGVD or less on Friday, November 20, 2015, without additional rain.

The discharge is scheduled to be increased to 2,400 cfs on Thursday and to 3,800 cfs on Friday.

Visitors to the lake are urged to use caution in flash flood-prone areas and when traveling low roads near the lake.

Boaters are urged to use caution when on the lake.

Inflows have caused floating debris such as logs, limbs, etc., on the lake.

Many recreational facilities and roads are closed due to this high water.

For up-to-date lake information and facility closings, please call the Wappapello Lake Hotline at (573) 222-8139 or toll-free at 1-877-LAKE-INFO (1-877-525-3463) or call the Wappapello Lake Management Office at (573) 222-8562.

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