The Somerset Boat Club on Pittman Creek has been around as long as Lake Cumberland itself. It was organized in the 1930's before Wolf Creek Dam was even built.
They were the first dock on the lake and now they're the first to shut down operations thanks to the lake being lowered 10 more feet to take pressure off the leaking dam.
“I understand the problem, but I don't understand why we get this notice of the drop of the last 10 feet in 10 days notice to move our entire marina,” says Club Member Bill McCord.
Bill McCord and the 82 other boat owners are working feverishly to salvage what they can of the boat club. Some of their houseboats are floating in just two to three feet of water. One dock is already on mud.
“We lost our electric, we lost our water, we lost our club and now we're having to start over,” says McCord.
McCord and some others fear the worst. On Wednesday, nearly 200 people asked Kentucky Commerce officials for help.
Some worry about boat ramps out of water. Others like the McCord's group want financial help to fix broken docks.
“It could cost us a million dollars or more to get back to where we were,” McCord says.
Many of the people who came to the meeting say the thing they fear the most is not the leak, it's the false perception that the sky is falling.
Steve Syphax of Somerset says misinformation could hurt the local tourism industry worse than a lower lake. He says it could “Make people understand that this is a situation that needs to be corrected, but it's not going to hurt recreational aspects of the lake.”
Still, others say extending boat ramps and fixing docks is already costing them too much money, and many here just hope that tourists will be here next summer to spend it.
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