Today's Talk: High waters at Lake of the Ozarks

4 years 3 months 1 week ago Friday, July 03 2015 Jul 3, 2015 Friday, July 03, 2015 1:56:00 PM CDT July 03, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - As water levels sit above normal at the Lake of the Ozarks, boaters are being told to travel at idle speeds only, making the lake a "no wake zone".

Flood gates at Bagnell Dam opened for the first time in two years Wednesday to allow some of the excess water to flow downstream of the lake. 

At that time, Ameren officials said they hoped to have the flooded conditions under control by the holiday weekend.

Thursday, Gov. Nixon declared the lake a no-wake zone. A Nixon staffer said it was the first time such a zone was implemented since the 1993 floods.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the restriction would be in place until the lake level got below 661 feet. The resitrction was made in an effort to reduce or prevent damage to docks, hoists, ramps, sea walls, and other personal property. 

One boater told KOMU 8 News Friday he would remain docked this weekend because of floating debris, regardless of the restriction.

While Gov. Nixon said he hopes to lift the restriction by Saturday, it could still alter holiday weekend plans.

Were you planning to head to the lake this weekend? Has the restriction changed your plans? Are you at the lake and experiencing difficulty with the high waters? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook and your comments could be used in "Today's Talk" on KOMU 8 News First at Five.

 

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