Rain raises levels of local lakes
Playground equipment and benches are under water in Hope Township Park on the shore Cloverdale Lake. (Photos by Dave Jackson)
Weekend showers added to high lake levels for lake residents in southern Barry County. According to the National Weather Service, about 2 ½ inches of rain fell in the area over the weekend. Those couple of inches raised levels on already swollen lakes in the Delton area.
“We’ve just got too much water,” County Drain Commissioner Jim Dull said.
Four lakes have reported high water levels, he said. Pleasant Lake is currently at 930 feet, Dull said, adding that it’s the highest it has ever been. Crooked Lake is at 927.875, but a pump taking water from the lake to a nearby detention basin is running. The pump is also running along M-43 east of Cloverdale Lake.
“We’ve just been getting so much rain that we can’t catch up,” Dull added.
Long Lake is up for inches. Cloverdale Lake is 8 inches above the lowest level of last year but is still 10 inches below its highest level. Dull couldn’t directly access the elevation levels for the lake. The measurements he was able to give were from a stake he put at a low part of the lake last year.
“We are trying to keep water out of people’s homes,” Dull said. “But people are just pumping and pumping and pumping.”