Deer Point Lake Tidal Gates Open

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Deer Point Lake has received 200% of its annual precipitation for the past several months. Prior to Tropical Storm Fred, the locks were lowered to mitigate predicted high water levels. Due to the excessive rainfall of the past few weeks, combined with the heavy rainfall forecast for our region over the next few days, the locks have remained open.

“There is no flood control mechanism at the dam, but we have tidal gates. The purpose of the tidal gates is to prevent, at high tide, the intrusion of salt water into the fresh water side of the dam where we draw our drinking water. However, when we have big rain events or tropical weather, we have the ability to open those tidal gates to release the water coming down from the watershed,” said Bay County PIO, Valerie Sale said. .

Valerie said the tidal gates will remain open for the foreseeable future due to forecast rainfall over the next few days. The area is expected to see 2 to 5 inches of rain over the next week. For every inch of rain that falls, 80 billion gallons of water must pass through the dam. 2 to 5 inches of precipitation can add up to 160 to 400 billion gallons of water that are expected to pass through.

She said the reservoir will be kept as low as possible before the coming rain. If you want to track levels at home. You can follow the link below.

https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=tae&gage=DPLF1

For residents near and in low-lying areas, sand has been laid out and made available for bagging on the northwest side of the dam off County Road 2321, as well as Pete Edwards Park in Panama City Beach at 7300 McElvey Road. You must bring your own shovels and bags. These items can be purchased at any hardware store or home improvement store.

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