By BRUCE SCHREINER
Associated Press Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lake Cumberland's diminished water levels could start rising slightly next year as workers continue to repair a leaking dam that holds back the massive reservoir in southern Kentucky.
Project manager David Hendrix says he hopes enough progress occurs in the next couple of months to allow the lake to rise by 5 to 10 feet next year.
Area businesses hope any rise will lead to a surge in tourism. Business operators suffered through a lackluster summer as lake levels at the fishing and boating haven dropped more than 40 feet below normal.
James Flatt is the general manager of Indian Hills Resort-Alligator 2 Marina. Flatt says raising the lake by 10 feet would change public perceptions, which could help stimulate more business next summer.
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