- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) - Recent heavy rains have raised the level of Kerr Lake, causing flooding that’s closed approximately 150 campsites on the North Carolina side.

The Daily Dispatch of Henderson reports (https://bit.ly/1jdJcvs) rains have pushed the lake level from 301.5 feet above sea level to almost 307 feet. It is expected to be down only to 305 feet by the weekend.

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Superintendent Bryce Fleming says there are 602 campsites in all. Moving campers to other sites isn’t an option because almost all campsites have been reserved for the Memorial Day weekend. Campers can call the park office to see if their site is flooded.

Campers with reservations are being notified. By mid-afternoon Thursday, all affected campers had been notified, according to information Fleming received from the park’s call center.

If other campsites can’t be found for them, campers will have the option of receiving a refund or transferring their reservation to a different date, Fleming said. The usual cancellation fee will be waived.

Fleming also said the flooding closed four boat ramps on the lake, and cautioned that the high water may hide logs and other debris.

Visitors who come out just for the day won’t be affected much by the lake level, Fleming said.

“There’s not much beach in some areas,” he said. “They can swim, but I’d caution them if they’re swimming in a familiar area, with the high water there may be dropoffs they don’t expect.”


Information from: The Daily Dispatch, https://www.hendersondispatch.com

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