Rainfall should not impact lake level
by Elsie Hodnett
LOGAN MARTIN LAKE — Although more rain is expected today, officials say it should not impact the lake level.

“We do not expect any drastic changes to Logan Martin levels,” said Alyson Tucker, spokeswoman for Alabama Power Company. “Most of the heavy rain is predicted for further south, but regardless we don’t expect any substantial impacts to Logan Martin levels.”

Matt Grantham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, said St. Clair County received approximately one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half inches of rain Monday, and Talladega County received about two inches of rain.

“Both counties are expected to receive another one-to-two inches of rain today, with the heaviest band in the afternoon and then rain continuing through tonight,” he said.

Grantham said both St. Clair and Talladega counties are under a flash flood watch until this afternoon.

Tucker said the Coosa system is operating under flood control guidelines.

“Alabama Power is currently spilling water from Lay Dam down through Jordan Dam,” she said. “More rain is predicted over the next couple of days, with most of it expected on the lower Coosa and Tallapoosa basins. The additional rains mean that more than likely spill operations will continue for the short term, then slow as rain passes and inflows allow. There are no concerns in the lower basins of the state. The reservoirs have plenty of room and there are no issues that would impact Logan Martin’s ability to spill as needed.”

Tucker said Logan Martin Lake’s elevation was 459.2 feet Monday afternoon, just slightly below the average of 460 feet for this time of year.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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