Lake Barkley Resource Manager Mike Looney said on Monday morning that Lake Barkley was at 370.78 feet – almost 11 feet above the normal summer pool of 359 feet. The previous record high, Looney said, was 370.04 in 1984, a record that was officially broken on Sunday.
Looney also said that let the waters reach Lake Barkley Dam’s capacity of 375 feet and that they will release water before it gets to that level. He stated that the waters could get up to 371.2 feet but stressed that this number doesn’t count the rains that happened Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and that it could and probably would change.
“We’re already letting out 60,000 cubic feet of water per second,” Looney said. He added that they are holding back water to help out Paducah, Smithland and Cairo, Ill.
John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said that the campgrounds, Boots Randolph Golf Course and the hiking trails are closed until the water recedes. He also said that will be severe damage if the water gets much higher.
West Cadiz Park was closed over the weekend due to the floodwaters. And part of East Noel Road near the Trigg County Senior Citizens Center is also underwater.
Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Folwer said on Monday that he wasn’t aware of any flood damage save for the immediate area around West Cadiz Park. He also said that there wasn’t any home damage in the city to his knowledge.
Randy Wade of Trigg County Emergency Management said that there are parts of a few roads in the county that have been flooded, especially near Lake Barkley. However, at press time no homes had been threatened by the rising waters, he also said.
Wade added that while a few people have been cut off as a result of flooded roads, they have plenty of food, medication and other supplies and that he and his people are keeping tabs on them.
Looney said they’ve been keeping local officials like Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries and Trigg County Road Supervisor Tommy Hanberry abreast of the situation with the floodwaters.
Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet counted parts of several roads in the county that have been underwater at certain points this week, including Ky. 1507, Ky. 1585, Ky. 1253, Ky. 128, Ky. 274, Ky. 1891 and Ky. 525.
Looney said that no homes along the lake should be threatened by the floodwaters, as the Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t allow people in that area to build homes below an elevation of 378 feet.
“We just need it to stop raining,” Looney said.
Kerri Richardson of the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Office said late last week that 48 counties and 17 cities in the state have declared states of disaster.
Counties declared states of disaster are: Ballard, Bath, Boone, Bracken, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Calloway, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Crittenden, Daviess, Elliott, Fleming, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Kenton, Lawrence, Lewis, Livingston, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McCracken, McLean, Menifee, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Spencer, Trigg, Union, Washington, and Webster Counties.
Cities declared states of disaster are: Bardwell, Benton, Brandenburg, Cadiz, Calvert City, Carlisle, Carrollton, Hardin, Hawesville, Greensburg, Frenchburg, Lewisport, Maysville, West Liberty, Hartford, Wickliffe, and West Point.
Kathyrn Harper, media contact for Land Between the Lakes, said that citations will be issued to anyone found beyond barricaded areas, and that due to flooded roads there may temporarily not be access to cemeteries.
Wranglers Campground is closed until further notice, and Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Trails are also closed due to saturated soil conditions and current flooding, Harper said.
Open LBL day-use facilities include North Welcome Station, Nature Station via Silver Trail Road, Elk & Bison Prairie, Golden Pond Visitor Center and Planetarium, Golden Pond Target Range, The Homeplace, South Bison Range, and South Welcome Station, said Harper.
Activities such as hunting, picnicking, and hiking will be available in limited areas; however, caution should be used due to saturated soil conditions and weather conditions, added Harper.