Business Owners Near Lake Cumberland Want A Say In Lake Levels

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

They say it costs them business and money every day.

Now, they want to have a say in how low Lake Cumberland goes.

Those business owners talked to officials at the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

They call themselves Lake Cumberland United and they want the lake raised 20 extra feet.

Several local business owners shared their concerns with the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on Tuesday.

For some the topic of the lower water levels is an emotional issue because many of the business owners around the area say they are suffering financially.

“We believe its very important to have a positive movement in the lake level to dispel a lot of the rumors and misperceptions in the public about the lake actually being dry,” J.D. Hamilton said.

Lake Cumberland United group members attended the Pulaski County chamber of commerce meeting to express their concerns for the water level at the lake.

Several business owners from around the area spoke on the financial burden they are facing.

“We need to be concerned about balancing both the economic issues that are real and are hardships as well as the health and safety of the residents who live below the dam,” Hilda Legg said.

Officials say the Army Corps of Engineers will need about 5 years to finish repairs on Wolfe Creek Dam.

“They've been given all the money they can spend in the fiscal year '08 in order to hopefully get the project completed as rapidly as possible so we can get back to normal,” U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said.

Members of Lake Cumberland United hope to find a solution that benefits Kentucky as a whole.

WYMT also spoke with officials with the Army Corps of Engineers about the Lake Cumberland United Group wanting the water level raised to 700 feet.

Officials say they feel 680 feet is a safe level to keep stress off of the dam, but they did say they will re-assess the water level at the end of the year to see what needs to be done then.

http://www.lakecumberlandunited.com/


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