For those who are not at the lake this weekend. CRAZY AMOUNT OF WATER! We have had two big rains in the last 10 days. We are currently 5’7” above the low spot of the valve – almost at full pool. No, the valve has not been closed – not until early March.
Remember, as has been communicated often, the risk of the water not coming up like what happened in 1999 is much smaller, save for a huge drought in the winter/spring. The contours of the land upstream from us have changed immensely and we take in much more surface water from miles upstream than we did 20 years ago. Have you noticed that the spillway has to be closed many, many more times per year for the last few years? And remember our flood on July 4? We deal with too much water way more than not enough water.
Again, we carefully planned and really lucked out with the bridge and are beyond the lake water depth affecting finishing it. But there are many of our neighbors in the middle of projects and this has been a disaster for them. Any kind of excavating from the lake has taken a toll, as it has been too soft to get much of any equipment out in the lake. Usually, we have some frozen areas by now. We did get a bit out of Cove 9, but not nearly as much as we would have liked.
As most are aware, we had a Spectrum outage on Friday for most of the day. Came back up late Friday afternoon, but the office had no internet, etc. It will take Michelle a bit to catch up on Monday.
Thanks again to Barry Alick, one of our photographers and documentary of the bridge.
Mary Beth Huffman
Chair Security/Maintenance/Bridge Committee