Expect high water on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes this holiday weekend

Expect high water on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes this holiday weekend

NASHVILLE, TN (KFVS) - If your holiday plans include spending time on Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley in western Kentucky, be prepared for high water.

The area has experienced heavy rains over the past couple of days.

The rain is expected to continue through the weekend.

The Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are already running above flood stage.

"We want people who boat and recreate at these lakes to be aware that the water levels may be higher than usual this holiday weekend, and that they need to be aware of both floating and underwater hazards" said Bob Sneed, Nashville District Water Management Section chief.

Significant rain is in the forecast for the Cumberland River Basin every day through Sunday.

This additional rainfall, coupled with the reduced releases from Barkley and Kentucky reservoirs due to downstream flooding concerns, will result in a rise in lake levels on Kentucky and Barkley through this week and into next week.

The Corps operates Barkley Dam and Lake Barkley while the Tennessee Valley Authority operates Kentucky Dam and Kentucky Lake.

Typical elevations at Barkley and Kentucky this time of year are near elevation 359.0 (generally +/- one foot).

At 6 a.m. July 2, Barkley was at 359.55 above mean sea level and Kentucky was at 359.46.

The potential exists for the lakes to rise several more feet.

Boaters and marinas are urged to use caution during the busy 4th of July holiday weekend as rising lake elevations could lead to hazardous conditions.

Check out the KFVS First Alert Weather page for more information involving inclement weather.

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