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Lake Monroe Still Dealing With Flooding, Beaches Underwater

Lake Monroe Dam Releases

Water being released from Lake Monroe (Adam Pinsker, WTIU)

Memorial Day is usually the unofficial start to summer, but if you are making plans to hit the beach at Lake Monroe, you’re going to have to put them on hold.

Nearly all of the lake’s beaches are closed thanks to heavy rains this winter and spring.

“We’re essentially 15 feet high, 16 feet high, so it’s going to be several weeks before we can get back down,” says Park Director Shannon Phelps.

The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water at a rate of 17,000 gallons every two seconds. However, it’s only putting a dent in the lake’s higher than normal levels.

“There are people on the upper reaches of the lake and even across from us in the Morris creek area,” Phelps says. “Their roads are inundated, they are unable to get to their houses or summer homes.”

The Army Corp is limited to lowering the lake a maximum of two inches of water per day, so communities downstream aren’t jeopardized.

“We have gauges that we monitor in Petersburg and Shoals, we also have a gauge in Bedford, we are allowed to release water when those gauges are at a certain level and lowering,” Phelps says.

Park officials are asking visitors to check Lake Monroe and the Army Corp’s Louisville district’s website for updates on lake levels.

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