With the opening of hurricane season June first, those living in the Sabine River Valley may have had some good news from the Toledo Bend Dam.

During periods of heavy rainfall, recall the Sabine River water over I-10 in March of '17? Large rain producing tropical situations not only swell the river bottom, but when the dam is about to burst, they open the floodgates which ends up inundating the lower river valley, and peoples homes.

SRA -Toledo Bend Dam

 

Toledo Bend Lake Drawdown 

Due to spillway repairs, The Sabine River Authority (SRA) as of April 10th had been lowered to 169.5 feet, flood level is about 192. Now under an order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to get the work completed by the end of summer, the lake will be held at 168'.

It's been a while since the lake has been lowered to these levels and the SRA says it's a good time too for marina, dock owners, property owners with bulkheads and so forth to inspect and make repairs.

The drawdown is being accomplished for the most part through the generation of electricity through the dam.

So, the potential good news is, if we get a big storm or storms, there's a slightly lessor chance that Toledo Bend Dam releases will exacerbate down stream conditions.

Contact Numbers For More Information

Residents that would like to contact the authority for more information use these numbers for Texas 409-565-2273 or from Louisiana 318-256-4112,