High lake levels cause damage, face potential for worse flooding this week
At Jordan Lake, the water level was so high it covered a parking lot and damaged at boat ramp. Kerr Lake's water was even higher--12 feet above normal. With rain forecast for the next several days, the Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for potential floods.
IF SOMEONE NEEDS HELP BREATHING THEY NOW USE A BAG MASK AND NO MOUTH-TO-MOUTH RESUSCITATION. >> WITH ALL THE RAIN WE HAD LAST WEEK MARS INSPECTED THIS WEEK AND THE LAKE LEVELS ARE A CONCERN AND ALSO DOWNSTREAM. WRAL'S SARAH KRUEGER SPOKE TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO SEE WHOSE PROPERTIES ARE AT RISK OF FLOODING AND SHE JOINS US LIVE AT THE FALSE LAKE DAM.>>REPORTER: PEOPLE ARE OUT HERE AND JOIN FALSE LAKE AND PEOPLE ARE BEHIND ME FISHING AND IN OTHER AREAS WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE VOTING AS WELL BUT THEY ARE EXERCISING MORE CAUTION BECAUSE RIGHT HERE YOU CAN SEE THE WATER FLOWING OUT OF THE DAM IS FLOWING EVEN MORE VIOLENTLY THAN NORMAL THEY ARE LETTING MORE WATER OUT OF THE DAM. TALKING WITH ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS THEY SAY FALSE LAKE IS ACTUALLY AND PROBABLY THE BEST POSITION RIGHT NOW, AT JORDAN LAKE THE WATER IS SO HIGH IT COVERED PARKING LOTS AND DAMAGED ABORT OR A BOAT RAMP. AND IT CAR LIKE THE WATER IS HIGHEST OF ALL AT 12 FEET ABOVE NORMAL FORCE IN ALL BUT RAMPS ON THE NORTH CAROLINA SIDE OF THE LAKE TO CLOSE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS CLOSELY WATCHING THE LEVELS AT ALL THREE LEGS SAYING THOSE WHO COULD BE THE MOST IMPACTED ARE THOSE DOWNSTREAM FROM CAR LAKE IS A RELEASE MORE WATER STARTING LATER THIS WEEK.>> I THINK IT PRIMARILY MAY BE SOME AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS IF THEY HAVE ANYTHING PLANTED IN THEIR FIELDS, IT IS CLOSER TO THE RIVER, AND ON DOWN THROUGH THE LOWER ROANOKE. >> THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TOLD ME THAT A RETURN TO NORMAL COULD TAKE UNTIL THE END OF NEXT WEEK. ALL OF THAT DEPENDS ON IS HOW MUCH RAIN WE GET. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND OTHERS WILL BE VERY CLOSELY WATCHING THESE LAKE LEVELS.>> I WAS DOWNSTREAM FROM WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW AND THEY WERE