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Water Level Rises At Rocky Mount's Dam; Residents Should Not Be Concerned

Posted April 9, 2001 10:44 a.m. EDT

— Water is tumbling over the Rocky Mount dam, but the city says residents should not be concerned about another flood.

The extra water is delaying Monday's work on the dam itself. Once it goes down, a gate will be opened to lower the level in the Tar River reservoir even more.

"We'll do it deliberately. We'll do it for a period of time. The river will increase in elevation, but it certainly ought to stay within its banks," says Paul Blount, Director of Water Resources for Rocky Mount.

About five feet of water will be released over several days so crews can replace some machinery, but no problems are expected.

Fisherman Carlton Winstead says the controlled release is not a big deal.

"Since the rain has stopped last week, it's gotten back into the banks like it should be. It will get even lower than this," he says.

Once the water is lowered, the gate will stay down until the repairs are done sometime in May. If things go well, the reservoir will be filled up again by mid-summer.