Feb 6, 2020 Continuous Rain/Dam Committee Report
Posted on Feb 6th, 2020
In the past 24 hours the upstream watershed for our lake, the No Business Creek Watershed, has received records amounts of rain. The stream which feeds our lake, No Business Creek, normally measures 3 ft high on the USGS (United States Geological Survey) Gauge upstream from Norris Lake. Today, it has reached 9 ft in less than 24 hours. It has only been higher than that 3 times in the last 10 years.
Our Dam Committee has been on top of the situation since days before this rain event. Our spillway consists of a 6 ft high/35 ft long steel plate. The Dam Committee has manually lowered the metal plate to 0 ft. The spillway is flat on the ground to allow maximum drainage from our lake. There is nothing more to be done to release water faster. We need time for the upstream water to subside and NO MORE RAIN! I just want to make sure that the homeowners are aware of this high water-level situation. If you are concerned about your property flooding, please take the necessary steps to protect your property by removing as much as you can from lower levels.
Particularly, pay attention that all boats, lawn chairs/tables and even firewood and other floatable objects are secured away from any potential flood water. These objects have been carried into the lake in the past by rising waters and can cause boating dangers after the water recedes. There is nothing further to be done with the dam. Thank you.
>> John Klonoski
>> Norris Lake Dam Committee Chairman