PCPD chief: People need to stay off the water
by David Atchison
LOGAN MARTIN LAKE — The lake level continues to rise after more rain soaked East Alabama and Georgia Monday night.

“It’s not good at all,” Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley said about the rising water on Logan Martin Lake.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the lake level reached 468.63 feet above sea level and could rise another foot by today.

Keisa Sharpe, a spokeswoman for Alabama Power Company, said Logan Martin is expected to crest this afternoon near 469.5, about four-and-half feet above the normal summer pool level of 465.

“The main issue is awareness right now,” Sharpe said. “We always encourage people with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities to be alert to changing conditions on our reservoirs.”

Numerous APC reservoirs along the Coosa River basin are above the normal summer pool level. For the next several days, APC will continue operating spillway gates at Neely Henry, Jordan, Lay, Logan Martin, Mitchell and Weiss lakes.

Sharpe said more rain is in the forecast Saturday, so lake residents need to be vigilant.

“We are communicating with the Corps of Engineers, the local National Weather Service Office in Calera, as well as the Southeast river forecast center as we operate our dams to release these extra flows from the rains,” Sharpe said. “While we expect to be back to near normal levels at these reservoirs this weekend, there is more rain forecast for the weekend, and we’ll be watching those conditions closely.”

People are cautioned not to boat on Logan Martin Lake until the water recedes.

“With the high lake level, we don’t recommend that people be out on the lake,” Turley said.

The Pell City Police Department has an active lake patrol unit, and there are many sightings of large debris floating in the lake between Mays Bend and Goat Island.

“As the lake rises, we expect more debris,” Turley said.

He said the Pell City Police Marine One Patrol has recovered two boats that broke away from anchor lines because of high waters. He said state marine police also recovered a vessel.

“We still have reports of some missing kayaks,” Turley added.

There have been no reports of property damage, but floating furniture has been spotted by the Marine One Patrol.

“We actually see it out there,” he said.

He said there are also large trees floating in the water, and some debris is not easily visible, making it hazardous for boaters.

“People need to be extra cautious,” Turley said.

He said anyone who spots any large hazardous debris or items floating in the lake should contact marine police.

“People just need to stay off the water right now,” Turley said.

He said anyone in need of assistance could call the Pell City Police Marine One unit at 205-753-3817.

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

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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