Lake to return to summer pool by Saturday
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
May 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The water level at Lake Barkley was at a little more than 360 feet above sea level and has been falling, said Allison Jarrett of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Jarrett said the water level should be at 359.3 by Saturday, just a few inches over the lake’s summer pool of 359 feet above sea level. She added, however, that it could fluctuate based on any additional rainfall the area receives.

“We should be within a normal operating range by the end of the week,” said Jarrett.

As of Monday, pretty much only the boat ramp at Lake Barkley State Resort Park was closed, and other areas of the park, such as the campgrounds, the golf course and the marina, are already open, said John Jordan, administrator at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park.

Jordan said debris cleanup at the marina has already started and is about one-third complete, and he also said that he hopes that debris cleanup at the beach will start by next week.

Greg Batts of the Prizer Point Marina in the northern part of the county said that as of this week everything, including all of the campsites, is open for business, with the restaurant and the store opening up last week.

Although there were heavy rains this past weekend, it didn’t seem to raise the water levels, said Batts, who added that the rain helped wash some of the mud desposits off of the roads.

And last Tuesday, President Barack Obama issued a federal disaster declaration for Kentucky today after floods heavily damaged more than two-thirds of the state’s counties, said Kerri Richardson of the Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

“I appreciate President Obama’s timely response and declaration of a federal disaster for Kentucky in response to the severe flooding that heavily damaged more than two-thirds of our counties,” said Beshear. “The declaration allows for assistance for individuals and local governments – aid that will help our families and businesses recover more quickly from these devastating floods.”

Kerri Richardson of the Governor’s Office contributed to this story.
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