Ida's rains cause flooding at Kerr Lake

Posted November 16, 2009 4:40 p.m. EST
Updated November 16, 2009 7:19 p.m. EST

— 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.

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."