State and local officials said Friday that they might need to release water in Herrington Lake from Dix Dam and into the Dix and Kentucky rivers, depending on how much rain comes next week.
Recent rains have caused Herrington Lake to rise 14 feet. The man-made lake covers 1,860 acres bordered by Boyle, Garrard and Mercer counties. Dix Dam Manager Jeff Fraley said in a conference call on Thursday that the lake level is not a concern at this time, but that a managed, controlled release of water behind the dam might be necessary next week.
Officials are saying this now in order to alert Frankfort residents and others who live downstream about the possible controlled release of water, said Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the state Division of Emergency Management. In the past, some residents downstream have complained that they were not made aware of any release of water from the dam.
Mike Callahan of the National Weather Service said the downstream portion of Dix River, which empties into the Kentucky River, should not be affected by the rains that will continue through Saturday morning because river levels have been falling rapidly and will continue to do so over the weekend.
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But weather-prediction models indicate that a series of storms on Monday, Wednesday and April 22 could produce heavy rain. Depending on the amount of rain those storms bring, Dix Dam officials might need to open flood gates to maintain safe lake levels.