“We do think the Logan Martin Lake will remain at a half-foot short of full pool (during the Fourth of July weekend),” said Alyson Fuqua, a spokeswoman for Alabama Power Company. “We don’t see anymore rain in the forecast, so we think the reservoirs will hold at where they are now.”
The water level of Logan Martin Lake was at 464.47 above sea level Thursday afternoon. The normal summer pool for Logan Martin Lake is 465 feet.
Only a week ago, the lake level was two feet below the normal summer pool, but recent late afternoon rains helped restore water in APC reservoirs along the Coosa River basin.
“There’s a huge difference in what several days of rain can do to the reservoirs,” Fuqua said.
Jordan and Weiss lakes were also about a half-foot below their summer pool levels Thursday. Lake Neely Henry was about one foot below its normal summer pool and Mitchell Lake, south of Logan Martin Lake, was almost at full pool Thursday.
Fuqua said Alabama Power will provide a recreational release below Jordan Dam during the Fourth of July weekend. APC will release 8,000 cfs below Jordan Dam on Saturday, 4,000 cfs on Sunday, and provide a 10,000 cfs flow on Monday for the Fourth of July.
“Right now we feel like the reservoirs are at a level we can do that,” Fuqua said Thursday.
The area below Jordan Dam is a popular spot for whitewater kayakers and boaters looking for whitewater adventures on the Coosa River.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham reported that there was a 20-30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon and evening hours each day until Wednesday, a typical summer pattern for Alabama.
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