Kentucky Lake levels rise slightly, more rain needed
KENTUCKY DAM — Thanks to the inch of rain Monday night, water levels at Kentucky Lake went up one-fifth of an inch. That may be slightly up but the dangers for boaters have not decreased.
Susan Jakes, senior management adviser for river scheduling, said the reason the rain didn't have much of an impact is because the ground is so dry.
"Even though we got a lot of rain last night, about an inch, most of that was absorbed into the ground," she said.
As a result, workers at Kentucky Dam have a tougher job managing lake levels while letting enough water out to keep the Tennessee River flowing properly.
Bill Stallion, Kentucky Hydro-plant manager, said they are having a hard time because they don't have the right amount of water. He said they are trying to make the most of the dry conditions, though.
"We've been able to do a lot of maintenance because we have been able to take maintenance outages more readily than last year," he said.
Even though their jobs are a little different than usual this time of year, Jakes said the warning to boaters remains the same.
"When the lakes are lower, there could be areas where you're used to seeing water a little deeper that may not have water in them, so always be cautious of that," she said.
The most recent measurement of the lake put water at 357.7 feet deep, a foot and a half lower than normal.