Brandy Branch Reservoir (Sabine River Basin)

Brandy Branch Reservoir (Photo courtesy of AEP-SWEPCO)Brandy Branch Reservoir, located in Harrison County approximately seven and one-half miles southeast of Hallsville, is owned and operated by AEP-Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) as a cooling reservoir for its Pirkey Power Plant. The dam was completed in 1983 across Brandy Branch, a tributary of the Sabine River, and was designed by Freese and Nichols. The dam is a 3,560 foot long zoned earth fill embankment with a maximum height of 80 feet above the streambed and an a 20-foot wide on the top crest. The top of the dam is at elevation 351.0 feet above mean sea leve. The uncontrolled emergency spillway is located at the right abutment with a crest at elevation of 342.5 feet above mean sea level. The service spillway is a 5.5 feet conduit through dam with a crest elevation at 340.0 feet above mean sea level. Brandy Branch Reservoir has a drainage area of approximately 4.1 square miles, and is designed to be operated at a normal pool elevation of 340.0 feet mean sea level. The storage capacity of the reservoir at the normal operating level is 29,513 acre-feet with a surface area of 1,242 acres.