Water is always a topic around Lake D’Arbonne, but never a more popular topic than when fishermen and lake residents see it rising higher and higher along the bank, over some roads and even over some piers.
Such is the case this week, and as a result, the DOTD opened the new tainter gate structure Monday night to relieve some of the pressure. With all the new water coming in, don’t expect immediate results, but it should prevent the lake from rising further and start a drop of a couple of inches a day soon.
I have to tell you, I have never seen the water pouring into the lake at Stowe Creek like it was Monday afternoon. There was severe turbulence where the water pushed its way under the Stowe Creek bridge on Hwy. 15, sending a muddy trail littered with trash, patches of grass and other floating debris. I’ve never seen so much current there. The excessive flow was due to the heavy, heavy rains to the west and northwest area of the parish that drains into Stowe. Water level at the spillway was 81.9 feet Monday afternoon with a projected high of 82.3. The first “flood stage” level for the lake is listed as 83.0 feet. Normal pool is 80 feet. The chart below says 81, but that part is not correct.
Lake Claiborne is also at flood stage and any water that comes out of that lake flows directly down Bayou D’Arbonne and into Lake D’Arbonne. Below is a chart showing water levels and U.S. Geological Survey projections for the lake the next week or so.