PIEDMONT, Mo. (KFVS) - Rainfall over the Black River basin led to high water levels at Clearwater Lake.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lake measured 521.95 mean sea level and falling on Tuesday, May 21. The normal seasonal pool elevation this time of year would be 498 msl.
They say the high water caused some park facilities to close and visitors are urged to use an extra measure of caution, especially as Memorial Day Weekend approaches.
Park facilities affected by the high lake levels include Piedmont Park, Bluff View Park and Webb Creek Park. All of the launch ramps and swim beaches are currently flooded. The lower level parking lots are flooded as well.
When driving through the parks, the Corps of Engineers asks that people pay attention to signage and use caution because some of the roads are under water and turning around may be an issue.
In Bluff View Park 15 camp sites in C section are closed and six camp sites are closed in Webb Creek Park.
Corps officials encourage boaters to keep in mind the high water may cause trees, stumps, logs and other obstacles that are normally on dry ground to float out into the lake, which pose hazards to boaters, skiers, jet skis and other water activities.
They say boaters should take extra precautions when on the water, slow down, use their kill switch, wear life jackets, give the shoreline a wide berth and refrain from drinking alcohol.
No one should drive into the lake from bluffs or trees because of the potential for hitting submerged obstacles or debris such as rock ledges or large tree limbs.
Those downstream of the dam should stay alert for strong currents and changing conditions because of high releases while the flood pool is being emptied.