Lowered Lake Cumberland Threatens Another Summer

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - Last year, there were more than 450,000 fewer visits to Lake Cumberland than the previous year when the water levels were normal.

But the Corps of Engineers lowered the giant reservoir about 40 feet lower than the usual summer level to take pressure off Wolf Creek Dam while it was repaired.

Now businesses are hoping the agency will allow the water levels to return to normal so not to jeporadize this year's traditional vacation and tourist season starting Memorial Day weekend.

Marinas and motels in the region suffered from the 10.2 percent drop in visits the Corp said occured last year.

James Flatt, general manager at Indian Hills Resort-Alligator 2 Marina in Russell County, says the slowing economy and high gas prices are also going to take a toll on tourism at the lake.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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