Greers Ferry and Norfolk Lakes Continue To Rise

    5:27 PM, Apr 7, 2008   |    comments
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    Greers Ferry is a jewel of central Arkansas. More than 40,000 acres of water attract thousand of tourists each summer, and big money developments. But boat docks and marinas are now cutoff by the high water. "You know we've added extra docks and stuff. And of course, we provide a service where we take all of our customers to their boats, the docks that are behind the water," says Gary Eubanks. He works at the Dam Site Marina. They've added extra floating walkways so customers can get to the marina and their boats. Eubanks hopes the high water won't spoil business this summer. "The motels and stuff, you know, they're not in the water. So I believe there will be plenty of room for everyone to come down and enjoy their boat. It will have some impact but not as much as people would think." The lake has risen into the country club course in Heber Springs. There are more bass to be bagged on some greens than birdies right now. Roads to lakeside homes are also underwater. Three recreation areas are totally shut down by the high waters. "We used to camp right over there," says David Lewis. He and his wife Rose live near Cove Creek. The campsite they used is just one of more than 400 on the lake that have surrendered to the rising water. David says, "The road turns right, oh I'd say 100 feet beyond the edge of the water there and goes all the way around. It's called C area, an island more or less and that's all underwater now." The Corp of Engineers says the gates on the Greers Ferry Dam and other area reservoirs will remain closed tight because of flooding on the Mississippi. Until the White and Arkansas Rivers go down, they can't allow anymore water out of the lakes.

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