Swamped: Area lakes, creeks and rivers overflowing from rains
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 9:44 am
I know I am to report on the outdoors but I can’t help but mention what our friends across the state been through over the past several days and will continue to do so for many days, weeks, months and even years to come.
All I can say is I have never in my lifetime seen rainfall reports from rains that fell last weekend across our area and statewide.
Rainfall reports from as little in our area of Union City of 21/2 to 3 inches reported (which is still a large rain) to those areas down toward Reelfoot Lake and Lake County with 8 plus inches reported. Then our friends to the south and east, 10 to almost 20 inches of rain fell in a 48-hour period. WOW!
Throw in the threat of severe weather and tornadoes with the heavy rains and last weekend will be one that most of us will never forget. Just add it to the Ice Storm of 2009.
Now, the United States Coast Guard has closed a portion of the Tennessee River Channel from the 68 Bridge at Kenlake to the Kentucky Dam. This area will remain closed through the weekend.
Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake are both at historical levels. I read a statement this past week where they are calling this flood in our area and Nashville, a flood of every 500 years.
My family’s hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the thousands of people who have dealt with this enormous disaster first hand and up close.
I can’t say we are lucky because just about everyone of us either have been through this, there are family members dealing with the flood and friends all across our area and state that you may know that has been affected in some way.
But you know, Tennessee is the not called the Volunteer State for nothing. Once the rains continued to fall last Saturday and Sunday, folks all across the Volunteer State showed what the word “Volunteer” means. Countless numbers of folks from everywhere started showing up places in need asking what can we do to help.
One example is when the word got to the Hornbeak Volunteer Fire Department this past Saturday that water rescues were taking place around the Jackson area.
Hornbeak Volunteer firefighter Tim Blackley and several members of his town’s Volunteer Fire Department showed up in Jackson with his airboat and manpower.
Tim told me that once they arrived in Jackson, most of the water rescues had taken place and then a call came in that several folks where stranded out on the Old Humboldt Road near Jackson. They then proceeded to this area and managed to bring several folks to dry land from the rising waters around their home with the use of the large airboat.
Tim just simply said, “Our guys (volunteer firefighters) did what anyone would do and that was help in anyway they could.” Tim went on to say they were released by the Madison County Fire Department around 6 Saturday night.
Also a big thank you to all of the first responders across the state of Tennessee as well as others who assisted in the Flood of 2010.
So when you lay down to sleep tonight, say a prayer for all of those that have been affected by the floods as well as those who are helping in the flood relief efforts.
Now on with the fishing report.
Every body of water within and outside our area, lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks have been and are still bank full and very muddy.
Reelfoot Lake has come up at least two feet since the rains ended and is muddy on top of that.
Farmers have been working very hard in the fields and with the heavy rains down around the Reelfoot Lake area, all of the runoff was very muddy water and rushed into Reelfoot Lake.
I have to say that, overall, this is the muddiest I have seen Reelfoot Lake in many, many years. Usually, when we have rains, the lake will show some muddy to stained water but this was different.
On Tuesday, areas of the lake that weren’t already muddy, I watched as they did get that way. Simply amazing. There is current all over Reelfoot Lake, some areas heavy current.
The water temperature is running in the lower to mid-70s. That will change some with this predicted cooldown this weekend.
As I mentioned about the lake (Reelfoot) being muddy to a heavy stain present, I will say at least 80 to 90 percent of Reelfoot Lake has been affected by the muddy conditions.
I saw many folks trying to fish Tuesday, but outside of several local bass fishermen preparing for the St. Jude Classic Buddy Bass Tournament Saturday, most folks I saw fishing were tourists.
When I was coming in Tuesday afternoon on the Kirby Pocket side of the lake, I saw only 2 boats. Now that is very unusual, especially for this time of year.
These water conditions will affect all fishing on Reelfoot Lake and other lakes also.
Remember, Saturday, the Annual St. Jude Buddy Bass Tournament sponsored by Reynolds Brothers Tire & Oil Company and the Reelfoot Lake Bass Club will take place on Reelfoot Lake. The Reelfoot Lake Bass Club will assist in this event as it does every year. This event will be out of the Kirby Pocket State Park Ramp area with 100 percent of the proceeds raised going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. For more information, you can contact Gordon Fox or Jimmy White at 885-5541 or just show up starting around 4:30 a.m. or so for the pre-registration time frame.
Last Friday, the Lake Road Elementary PTO held their first ever LRS Fishing Expo. It was a success. With everything going on, they ended up having a pretty good turnout to say the least.
Several organizations pertaining to fishing were there to maybe help answer questions or help get someone introduced to fishing or the outdoors.
Some of the folks who were on hand included members of the Reelfoot Lake Adult and Junior Bass Clubs, Roy Logan and the TWRA, some members of The University of Tennessee at Martin Collegiate Bass Fishing Team (Chris Collier, Sean Smith, Travis Howell and Phillip Casterline), Final Flight Outfitters, Grizzly Jig Co. , Magical Mints Family Entertainment (Larry Mink) and a few others.
Several items were given away at the event from Plano Tackle Supplies, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Berkley Products, Strike King Lure Products, Stren Products, MinnKota and Humminbird Products, as well as other items pertaining to the fishing outdoors.
There were games for all of the kids as well a nice concession stand with lots of goodies.
I hope this is a start of something that will become an annual event and something our area needs and doesn’t have. Great JOG Lake Road PTO, hope to see you next year at this event.
You need to go ahead and mark your calendars for June 4th for a very special event.
The New Harmony Baptist Church near Paris will be hosting its annual Outdoor Feast. This year’s guest speaker will be one of my good friends, Randy Howell, touring BASS Elite Series Bass Fishing Professional. Randy has been fishing professionally for many years and is from Alabama.
This event starts with a free meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. with many door prizes and the TWRA will be on hand for deer scoring.
The church and this event will be located at 7050 Highway 69 A South, Paris TN 38242.
For more information on this event, you can call 731-593-5276 or 731-593-3207.
Then on June 19, 2010, the Reelfoot Lake Bass Club will be hosting their annual Buddy Big Bass Tournament. This will be held out of the Kirby Pocket State Park area. More information will be posted at a later time.
That’s all for this week’s report.
’til next week..
catch ya on
the water folks.
Published in The Messenger 5.7.10