Corps considers raising water level
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lake Cumberland’s diminished water levels could start rising slightly next year as workers continue repairing a leaking dam, lifting hopes for an economic resurgence during next summer’s tourism season at the massive reservoir in southern Kentucky.
Workers are plugging fractures in the rock foundation below Wolf Creek Dam as a “first line of defense against any seepage,” project manager David Hendrix said by phone this week. Hendrix said he hopes enough progress occurs in the next couple of months to allow the lake to rise by 5 to 10 feet next year.
Any start toward restoring water levels would be welcomed by business operators, who suffered through a lackluster summer as lake levels at the fishing and boating haven dropped more than 40 feet below normal.
“If things go as we hope, we’re looking at an incremental raise beginning in February,” Hendrix said. James Flatt, general manager of Indian Hills Resort-Alligator 2 Marina, said raising the lake by 10 feet would change public perceptions, which could help stimulate more business next summer.
Published in The Messenger 12.21.07