As TVA is bringing up our lake levels we had widespread heavy rains last night. It will take days for the rain to drain down into the lake but that should jump up the levels. These were taken the morning of 4/3/2014. I’ll try to add some more pics in about a week or so.
I took 4 pictures and let Google+ stitch them into a panoramic view of our little slice of the lake.
After some hot sweaty car repair it’s time to cool off.
Something odd floating out there. Turns out it’s a dead bloated groundhog. Ew.
Given the high levels of the lake we made a trip out to see the dam. We were curious to see how close to the top the water was.
Coming up on the dam from the overlook side it’s hard to tell how close to the top the water on the other side is.
Closer still you notice the campgrounds. Better have your sleeping bag on an air mattress.
Over on the lake side you can start to get a feel for the height.
We hope to go back and get pictures here at normal and then winter low levels for comparison
While on the overlook side we went up to take advantage of the long range view.
Man I love this area for its views as well as the people and fantastic motorcycle roads.
Heading over to the campground to see from water level what things look like. This is from the bridge over the French Broad river just below the dam. The other side of the bridge shows another campground being flooded by the amount of water they’re releasing.
Then we got to the campground on the lake side that we showed earlier. Here’s some of the campground and some of the dam beyond. Try to notice the crow on the railing to get a sense of scale and how close to the top the water is.
That’s a lot of water. It rained hard later this day and more the next.
The water can’t get much higher before it starts going over the dam. In the meantime water levels are wreaking havoc. Here my floating dock is pulled as high as I thought it would ever need to be. I would have to detach it from my winch cable and move it higher. I probably won’t because the lake will drop again as soon as TVA is able to lower it without more flooding down stream.
Some of my neighbors are having a tougher time though.
This is my next door neighbor’s dock. I tried moving that tree but I’ll have to wade in to get enough leverage. It’s very large and mostly waterlogged. That makes it really heavy. Yesterday afternoon a large float of debris washed up our little cove. The far end must be several feet deep in debris. Several dead animals are floating in the mess too.
Farther down is more debris trapped by a floating dock. Beyond that is a neighbor’s DECK that’s been covered. Their floating dock is still working though.
Taking a closer view. You’d have to swim to the ramp and wade across that to get to the dry floating dock.