Lake level 3 feet above summer pool thanks to weekend rain
by David Atchison
May 07, 2013 | 2842 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The water level for Logan Martin Lake was 3 feet above normal Monday and is expected to crest today. Photo by Brian Schoenhals/The Daily Home
The water level for Logan Martin Lake was 3 feet above normal Monday and is expected to crest today. Photo by Brian Schoenhals/The Daily Home
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LOGAN MARTIN LAKE — The lake is expected to crest early this morning and was about 3 feet above the normal summer pool on Monday.

Alabama Power Company official Keisa Sharpe said Logan Martin Lake is expected to crest today, and then should begin to drop.

“Alabama Power will continue to closely monitor conditions on the lakes and manage resources carefully,” she said. “Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always be alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.”

Logan Martin Lake was at 467.24 feet above sea level Monday afternoon and was expected to crest near 468 late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Sharpe said Logan Martin should return to the normal summer pool level of 465 by Friday.

Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley said the department’s water patrol unit recovered two vessels during the weekend that were reported missing after the lake level exceeded the normal summer pool level.

“As we all know, the high lake levels increase the amount of hazards in the water and increase the chances of boat lines breaking under tension,” he said.

Turley said lake residents should call 205-753-3817 if they see any large hazards or any vessels that are adrift.

“As a safety precaution, be extremely vigilant if you attempt to cut a strained line that is restraining your vessel to a non-floating pier and be sure to call us if you need anything,” Turley said.

Alabama Power has opened Logan Martin Lake spillway gates.

“Due to lingering rainfall, Alabama Power is operating spillway gates at its Henry, Jordan, Lay, Logan Martin, Mitchell and Weiss dams on the Coosa River to help manage flows and rising lake levels,” Sharpe said. “Spill operations are expected to last the next several days as Alabama Power releases flows from the rains.”

For updates on Alabama Power lake conditions, visit https://lakes.alabamapower.com or call 1-800-LAKES11 or 1-800-525-3711.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.