Campers cross your fingers!
According to Alton Hurley, Proctor Lake site manager, a few park sites may be ready to open in about two weeks.
Proctor Lake is slowly but surely creeping down — by about 8 inches a day - but still, the water remains unusually high. Hurley said he expected the lake to drop below an elevation of 1,180 feet by Wednesday.
“We have reduced the lake elevation over 12 feet since July 5,” Hurley said. “All of our camping, picnic and boat ramp facilities are still closed with the exception of one group shelter in Promontory Park.”
Hurley said the water has receded enough that workers can begin getting a few sites ready.
“We are not certain how long it will take before facilities are completely dried out,” Hurley said.
Hurley said the sites have to be rewired, powered up and cleaned, so a lot of work lies ahead.
“They will be available on a first come, first served basis when they are ready,” Hurely said. “It isn’t much, but it’s a start.”
Hurley said they will continue to assess damages as they emerge.
Lake authorities are releasing water downstream at a rate of 5,000 cubic feet per second.
Tonya Lippe, support services specialist, said she recently traveled to Highpoint Park to have a look around.
“You still can’t see the boat ramp,” Lippe said, and the parking lot is still under water, as well.
Lippe said sandbags remain in place at the “toe” of the dam and a crew recently mapped the area of seepage in an effort to locate the exact spots that will need repair when the lake recedes to a normal level.
“The seepage has slowed down quite a bit,” Lippe said. “We’re waiting to hit the elevation where it really slows down.”
ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 965-3124,ext. 238