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Portions of Kentucky Lake opens for recreational boating; Barkley remains closed

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By Ray - Posted on 06 May 2010

May 5, 2010 - 10:00 p.m. CDT - The U. S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Ohio Valley, under authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, reduced the safety zone on the Tennessee River, Tuesday, to the stretch between the Highway 68 Bridge (mile marker 41.7) through Paducah, Ky. (mile marker 0), including portions of Kentucky Lake. The Cumberland River remains closed in the vicinity of Carthage, Tenn. (mile marker 313.6) to Smithland, Ky. (mile marker 0), including Lake Barkley.

Earlier today Kentucky Lake was closed entirely, but the U.S. Coast Guard decided late this evening to reopen Kentucky Lake from the US 68 bridge at Aurora to Pickwick Lake in southern Tennessee.

Kentucky Lake is now projected to reach 369.7' by Friday at midnight, which is nearly 11 feet above normal summer elevation. The level could go even higher since TVA doesn't publicly predict water levels beyond 72 hours.

The record level for Kentucky Lake is 369.99' which was set May 11, 1984. The record low was 348.02' on March 11, 1961. Summer pool is 359'.

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