Low lake level at Lake Tyler, boaters be careful
POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 6:08pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:58am
Tyler, TX — Lake Tyler needs rain. Local officials say, Lake Tyler is not at historic low, but much lower today than it was last year.
As of Monday, May 6th, Lake Tyler is measuring at 3.49 below spillway level, which is about 1 feet low than last year at the same time.
Greg Morgan from the City of Tyler says, the lowest Lake Tyler has ever reached was 8 feet in Summer 2006.
In 2011, it was 7 feet below spillway level.
"The lake levels are a direct factor of run-off and and rainfall and until we see the appropriate rainfall and the appropriate place, Lake Tyler will continue to be low," says Greg Morgan.
Morgan says, the problem with Lake Tyler is small drainage basin. The area that feeds the lake is 114 square miles.
If you compared that to Lake Palestine which 839 square miles feeding in.
"Basically we are in the situation where it has to rain pretty much directly on the lake for us to see any noticeable increase in the elevation," says Greg Morgan.
Smith County Game Warden, Dustin Dockery, with low lake levels boaters need to be careful.
"Anybody that's going to be out there on their boats this year you may notice some new sandbars weren't there this time last year," says Dustin Dockery, Game Warden.
Dockery says, there may be some areas where you may get your motor hung up on the sandbar.
"Everybody just needs to be a little bit cautious until they get familiar with this water level and the lake conditions the way they are, we wouldn't want anybody pulling tubers into a shallow area or in the sandbar at a high speed with their boats.. . that can cause a lot of accidents or injuries," says Dustin Dockery, Game Warden.