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After the deluge

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Five days of heavy rainfall has pushed up water levels on Buggs Island Lake, flooding low-lying bridges and roads. Above, the bridge on Jones Road in the Trottinridge area. Right, floodwaters are released through Kerr Dam as lake levels rose to above 314 feet on Tuesday.
SoVaNow.com / May 27, 2020
Closed boat ramps and flooded streets dampened holiday activities over the Memorial Day weekend as water levels shot up by more than 10 feet on Buggs Island Lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deems Buggs Island (Kerr) Lake to be at full pool at 300 feet. On Monday, the lake level was 310.67 feet and by Tuesday morning it rose another 3.09 feet to 313.76. Flood stage is 320 feet and the average lake level at this time of year is around 302 feet.

High water levels forced the Corps to close ramps and day use areas at Bluestone, Buffalo Park, Eagle Point, Eastland Creek, Grassy Creek, Ivy Hill, Longwood, North Bend Park, Palmer Point, Rudds Creek, and Staunton View. The boat ramp at Island Creek remained open but the day use area was closed, as was lake access at Liberty Hill.

The boat ramp at Tailrace Park below Kerr Dam was open but the shelter was closed and flooding at Buffalo Springs Park meant that site was also closed to visitors.

Floating debris and treacherous waters kept boaters away from the submerged town dock in Clarksville, although boat ramps across the lake at Occoneechee State Park were open.

With three more days of rain predicted starting Wednesday, it is unlikely anglers and boaters will have access to ramps and day use areas maintained by the Corps anytime in the coming week.

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