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Entergy Arkansas Inc. has started closing the gate on the road to the tailrace area at the base of Remmel Dam in Jones Mill at 10 p.m. daily "out of concern for security and safety," a company news release said.

"We've considered this for some time and decided recently in favor of taking this additional step to secure the area at night," Michael Fallon, production superintendent for Entergy Arkansas Inc., said in the release.

"Inconvenience to the public will be minimal. But we have had an issue with unauthorized camping down there, and that's very dangerous because the water level can come up rapidly in a storm."

The gate formerly stayed open except during times when the release of water from Remmel Dam was especially high, which typically occurs several times a year.

The gate now reopens at 5 a.m. daily. Entergy said it is adding signage at and near the gate and enhancing the visibility of the gate itself to ensure visitors take notice of the change.

"Safety is always our top priority. In addition, we want to be good stewards of the property we own and manage, and we think the daytime users of this popular tailrace area below Remmel Dam will appreciate the extra care this action represents," said Fallon.

"The tailrace area is a popular launch spot for float trips down the Ouachita River, usually ending at the Malvern Whitewater Park at Rockport. It is especially popular on summer weekends when Entergy releases water from Lake Catherine for the enjoyment of recreational boaters and tubers," the release said.

Local on 03/16/2019

Print Headline: Entergy starts closing gate to Remmel Dam tailrace area at night

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