Ida's rains cause flooding at Kerr Lake

Posted November 16, 2009

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— The water level of Kerr Lake was up more than 10 feet above normal Monday, following rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which made landfall along the Gulf Coast last week.

Docks pulled away from the shore and picnic tables were almost completely submerged in water Monday. The nearby Nutbush Bridge Road was also flooded, prompting authorities to close the roadway.

Rains cause flooding at Kerr Lake Rains cause flooding at Kerr Lake

A normal lake level for this time of year is 296.5 feet above mean sea level. As of 11 a.m. Monday, that level had risen to 307.5 feet.

"Typically, when we see water levels rise like this, it's in the spring," said Bryce Fleming, superintendent for Park Services at Kerr Lake. "But we weren't really caught off guard, by any means, with all the raid we had. We expected this to happen.

Fleming said the water is not high enough to threaten homes in the area but it does make getting around difficult. Boaters are warned to be careful.

"There is a lot of debris, a lot of logs, and those types of items out there floating, so there are a significant amount of hazards out there."


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  • cary1969 Nov 18, 2009

    this is due to lake gaston restrictions on water release... happens all the time

  • FoFingersOfBourbon Nov 16, 2009

    As low as they let it get this summer it serves them right. They keep giving our lake water to virgina beach and we end up with nothing by july....they are really spoiling it up there...

  • dmccall Nov 16, 2009

    Falls Lake is 17" above normal operating level.

    Of course, water use restrictions continue...

  • Fuquayone Nov 16, 2009

    The sky is falling, we are in a drought! Yeah right. I have had greenish mold in the shaded areas around my house most of the fall. Hurricanes or remnants of them always replenish the rainfall counts. If it is always a concern that we will run out of water, another reservoir should be built to catch the excess rain.

  • time4real Nov 16, 2009

    what, not a good post peeps? obviously!