Logan Martin Lake levels up; more rain forecast today
by DAVID ATCHISON
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All Logan Martin Lake Dam spill gates were open Thursday to prevent flooding along the Coosa River. Brian Schoenhals
All Logan Martin Lake Dam spill gates were open Thursday to prevent flooding along the Coosa River. Brian Schoenhals
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LOGAN MARTIN LAKE — An Alabama Power Company official said the lake is expected to crest Friday after torrential rain moved across the state Wednesday.

Brandon Glover, a spokesman for APC, said Thursday Logan Martin Lake is expected to crest Friday at 463 feet above sea level, if there is no additional rainfall. That is 3 feet above the normal winter pool level for Logan Martin or 2 feet below the normal summer pool level.

However, forecasters are expecting another round of rain this morning.

“We always advise lake residents to be aware of changing lake conditions and to take appropriate actions,” Glover said.

He said the five-day forecast from the National Weather Service in Birmingham predicts another inch of rain.

“We’re expecting another system to move into Central Alabama Friday morning,” said Jody Aaron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

He said Friday’s system could dump a quarter to a half inch of additional rain across Central Alabama.

“There could be strong to severe storms associated with this system,” Aaron said. “There could be localized flooding.”

He said Friday’s system could cover a large portion of Central Alabama.

Aaron said no more rain is forecast until Wednesday and Thursday of next week, although light rain is expected Saturday.

Glover said APC opened all the spill gates to Logan Martin Dam in an effort to keep the level of Logan Martin Lake below the summer pool level, which is 465 feet above sea level.

On Wednesday, St. Clair and Talladega counties saw widespread flooding. Officials closed several flooded roads.

There were no reports of any injuries or fatalities related to Wednesday’s storms, although St. Clair County officials pointed to lightning as a possible cause for two structure fires Wednesday.

Glover said it is APC’s plan to slowly bring up the water level of Logan Martin Lake.

He said APC will start bringing the lake level up April 1, and it should reach the normal summer pool by May 9.

“If there is a big rain event, it could change,” Glover said.

Updated lake conditions are available at http://lakes.alabamapower.com or by calling 1-800-LAKES-11.