The Lake of the Ozarks has hit a record low mark for the first time in decades.
Lake levels are now at 652, which is causing severe damage to docks and boat lifts from dam to dam.
“Ameren, because of peak electric demands, was running water out of the dam (at full generation) causing the lake to go down. So you’ve got the lake at one level, and the ICE at another level…and while it’s (docks) are going down, it’s pulling stuff and creating all kinds of trouble like puncturing holes into the lifts, pulling out houses, bending metal” says Mark Dickey with Freshwater Marine.
He tells KRMS News if you live out of town, you need to get down here and check on your dock.
“What people need to do is get down to their dock and start seeing what’s going on now, while it’s still sitting in the ice, so they can start mitigating damages. I had to fix my own ramp on my dock, because it collapsed after it shifted and fell into the water. Had I not worked on it now, who knows where that ramp would be and since it partly holds my dock onto the seawall…it could make the damage even worse.”
Over the weekend residents reported docks breaking loose in Soap Creek Cove, North Buck Creek Cove and the former Roadhouse docks were seen floating past the highway 65 bridge near Warsaw.
Numerous lifts have also failed, causing boats to partially or in some cases full submerge into the water and sink.
Officials are highly recommending that you loosen your dock cables tin order to let the dock have some room as the level remains low.