Allison Jarrett of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said heavy rains last week made it necessary to increase the discharge at the lake to get it below 360.
Though flood levels are back to normal for all intents and purposes, clearing the debris and repairing the damage caused by the flooding, said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.
Several roads were underwater, and damage was done to some culverts and bridges, and in particular the headwall on a bridge on Adams Mill Road was washed out and had to be fixed, said Humphries, who added that the bridge in question was open again last week.
“We didn’t receive the damage that our neighbors to the south received, but there has been some damage,” Humphries said.
A large amount of debris and other flood damage remains on several lakefront properties, and several farmers in the county have reported fences that were washed away and crops that were destroyed, Humphries said.
John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said most of the areas of the park that are supposed to be open are open, with the exception of some of the hiking trails, which he said the volunteer group Friends of Lake Barkley have volunteered to clean up.
The beach should be open by Memorial Day weekend, which is when it usually first opens, Jordan said, adding that not as much sand had been lost as they first feared.
The marina is fully open, and power was restored on Monday, and all 18 holes of the golf course are available, as is the campground, which is fully booked for Memorial Day, said Jordan.
There is still some debris to be cleaned up, and the barrier at the lake that determines where people are allowed to swim needs to be repaired, but for the most part, not a lot of overtime has been required in the cleanup, Jordan said. He also said he didn’t have an exact dollar amount for the damage caused.\