The Lake Gaston water level will be allowed to exceed its normal range for the next 10 days, after the recent passing storm, according to Lake Gaston Association President Don Carson. Lake residents should take high-water precautions by removing and securing items on docks and along shorelines. Items inside boathouse that are sensitive to water should also be elevated. 

The entire Roanoke River Basin received an average of 3” of rainfall and Kerr Lake is expected to hit a peak elevation of 306-307 ft. 

Release from the Kerr Dam and Reservoir are planned at 24,000 cubic feet per second, putting Lake Gaston into flood control operations. 

The Army Corps of Engineers expects max daily inflows at Kerr Lake of 90,000 cfs, with a weekly average inflow of 50,000 cfs expected. Because of the high inflows at Kerr Lake, Roanoke Rapids plans to release up to 25,000 cfs starting Saturday, Feb. 7, and an additional increase of 35,000 cfs are planned for early next week.  

The Corp Weekly Status report can be found on their website at epec.saw.usace.army.mil/status under the Weekly Reservoir Status Report button.