Drought Raises Temps, Kills Fish

Lake Cumberland, KY (WVLT) -- Lake Cumberland is one of the many lakes in our region experiencing symptoms of drought.

Due to the repairs of the Wolf Creek Dam, the lake is already suffering from lower water levels that it is normally accustomed to.

But the lower water levels combined with rising water temperatures has resulted in the killing of a lot of fish.

"It's kind of a catch 22 situation with the lake being lower the coolers are just trying to maintain that 680 level and were in a drought situation so we don't have water to release like we normally would," said James Gray from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"We just have to wait and see what it does, I hope it doesn't kill them all, cause I like coming down here," said Ken Biddle, an avid fisherman.

The water near the dam is currently at about 55 degrees.

In Burkesville, Kentucky, about 20 miles downstream, the water is more than 70 degrees.


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