KETR Local
10:16 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Cooper Lake water level still high from recent rainfall

Scott Harvey

– March rains have raised water levels in and around the region. Among the victims is Cooper Lake, whose levels are at almost 445 feet, nearly 5 feet higher than normal. Civil Engineering Technician for Cooper Lake Bo Potts says fortunately flood control was properly managed, and rains had little effect on the Lake's customers. One of the roads recently flooded included a section of Highway 37 just north of Hagansport. Civil Engineering Technician for Cooper Lake Bo Potts says despite the flooding, there was never a real threat to residents.

Potts did note that grounds throughout the region are still saturated, meaning more rain would cause levels to rise quickly. This month's rains have dropped nearly 10 inches throughout several areas of the region. Currently Cooper Dam is currently releasing the maximum of 2,745 cubic feet of water per second, in order to return waters to normal level.

Click the MP3 icon to listen as Engineering Technician for Cooper Lake Bo Potts talks about the recent flooding north of Hagansport.