Kentucky Lake closed?

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By Ray - Posted on 06 May 2010

Record flooding at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes has closed their waters to recreational traffic until midnight Monday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard.
The report indicated the lake levels will reach 370 feet above sea level by Saturday. Normal summer pool is 359.0 feet and the flood waters have put most launching sites on the Twin Lakes underwater and inaccessible.
Current flow at the lakes is described as "powerful" and the main river channels are clogged with debris and considered dangerous.
Flood conditions throughout the Tennessee and Cumberland River systems will continue to pour water into the Twin Lakes and water levels will continue to rise for several more days.
In addition, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are reducing the water discharges at Kentucky and Barkley Dams which will contribute to the rising water levels on the Twin Lakes.
Kentucky Dam was releasing water at a rate of 339,500 cubic feet per second Wednesday afternoon, while Barkley Dam was releasing water at 232,000 cfs.
Upstream on the Cumberland River, Old Hickory Dam was releasing water at 167,000 cfs and Cordell Hull Dam at 217,000 cfs. On the Tennessee River, Pickwick Dam releasing water at 167,800 cfs.
Officials at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area report nearly all facilities at the recreation area are closed because of the flood waters. Most roads, trails, lake access areas and campgrounds are not available until further notice.

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