Levee closed for monitoring

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

Monitoring continues at Grenada Lake, and crews with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urge people to continue to take extreme caution with the rising water.
At 226.05, officials have closed the levee to motorists due to high-water monitoring by the Corps officials.  Detour signs direct drivers to the bottom of the levee to prevent travel on the top road.
“We’ve done that so we can safely monitor the lake from the levee,” said Liz Garlington supervisory natural resource specialist at Grenada Lake.
On Sunday, district engineers began placing stones in the emergency spillway.
The stone is being placed over gabion baskets that are currently in the bottom of the spillway channel to further armor the channel in advance of additional rainfall forecast at the lake in the upcoming weeks.
“They began arranging the rock down there, and the trucks are moving in the emergency spillway,” Garlington said. “We’re making plans to put them all out in the basket for protection.”
The lake is 11 feet higher than the recreational level, and 27 feet higher than where the Corps would like to see it during this time of the year.