- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Alcoa is delaying its plans to draw down High Rock Lake by about two weeks.

The company said in a news release it will now start to lower the water level in the lake on Oct. 1, instead of Sept. 15 as originally planned. Company officials say they delayed the start to give people a few more weeks of higher water levels.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation asked the lake be lowered by 14 feet so it can inspect a bridge. Alcoa says the lower levels should allow others to repair piers and clean up lake debris.

The company says it will take four to six weeks to pull the lake down by 14 feet. Alcoa plans to keep it at the lower level for about five days.

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