Lake Somerville bouncing back from last summer's drought

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 3:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 5:12pm

SOMERVILLE -- Lake Somerville was hit hard by the this summer's drought.

Boat ramps were closed, park attendance was low and the lake reached a record low but with a little help from the rain, the lake is bouncing back just in time for spring break.

It's a much different scene than what it was last summer all thanks to the recent rainfall and now Lake Somerville is almost back to its full capacity.

U.S. Corps of Engineers, park manager, Ernest Eberle said, "We're about 97 percent capacity on our conservation pool and that gives a lot of shore line for the public to come out and enjoy the lake"

In just a matter of months, the lake has risen ten and a half feet and with spring break in full swing, Eberle is thrilled because the rainfall couldn't have happened at a better time.

"Well of course mother nature dictates what the lake level's going to be but now, here we are, and it's spring break and we're about six inches below top of conservation pool."

Eberle tells us that all of his parks are booked through the weekend but that's not keeping visitors away.

Donald McKinnon said, "It's pretty surprising because about a month ago we were the only ones all the way out to those buoys over there so I didn't think it'd be this full."

And Kenneth McDonald added, "We're just out here enjoying the cloud cover because you know, it beats the sun beating down on you but you know, really we're here to just do some fishing."

Eberle says the lake should reach normal capacity by next week.

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