After a week of record water levels, Mark Twain Lake maintained the same depth two days in a row. On Wednesday, the lake was 33 feet above normal and stayed there on Thursday.

Army Corps of Engineers have released hundreds of thousands of gallons through the Clarence Cannon Dam every second to help decrease the water in the lake. If the forecast holds true, the lake levels will start receding, spokesman George Stringham said.

"If the weather holds, we can look at very gradual levels of the lake to drop," he said. "Obviously, that’s all hinging on the weather and any impending rain that may come through not just over the lake directly, but throughout the salt river basin."

Volunteers spent yesterday sandbagging around the dam’s power plant to protect the powerhouse and equipment outside just in case the water rises again.