Low lake levels in Ky. have some worried

BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- Lake levels in western Kentucky are at historic lows for late spring, worrying local businesses and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The lakes are about 3 feet below summer pool. It means boaters are hitting stumps in places they have navigated with ease in the past. Area marinas are staying busy repairing torn up engines.

On Thursday morning, TVA recorded the lake levels at 357.17, by midnight it is expected to reach 357.22. Summer pool is 359 feet.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Denny Broyles told WPSD-TV in Paducah that the low levels pose a danger to both tourists and locals because normally submerged features are near the surface now.

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