Low Water Levels At Lake Manawa

You'll remember last year's flood shut down Lake Manawa for much of the year.

The problem, too much water... it was "dangerously" high.

Today, a much different problem

Five-year-old Damarian is enjoying a "grandpa day" at Lake Manawa.

"Throwing rocks in the water," he said.

Damarian has a good arm and he needs it to hit the water.

His grandfather, Edwin Kimble, noticed something a little different here.

"The water levels are down super low and it's starting to green up like normally but just a difference in the water levels," he said.

The lake's water levels are down at least a foot and a half lower than normal this time of year.

It's easy to see the difference on the shoreline.

Most of this area would usually be underwater.

Dan Jacobs is the park manager here.

He says lower lake levels are an indirect result of last year's flood.

"When the river backed up it backed up into Mosquito Creek and it dumped a lot of silt in our low head dam structure that we're diverting water," he said.

The problem area is a distance away, on the other side of Highway 275.

Jacobs says crews are working to clear the dam. It's basically a 48 inch wide pipe that allows water to flow from the bluffs into Mosquito Creek and eventually into Lake Manawa.

Jacobs says the problem should be solved fairly soon and lake levels will return to normal.

"hopefully here when the water cleans up a little bit, it's a little muddy with all the rain, we'll start seeing some water here," he said.

"Got a few people fishing but that's about it though," Edwin Kimble said.

That gives five-year-old Demarian virtually his own water sport...as rock after rock splashes into the lake.

He's now standing in an area that would normally be submerged by lake waters.

Next time Demarian visits, though, there may not be any rocks left to toss into the lake.

Jacobs secured funding from FEMA to clear out the pipe on Mosquito Creek.

He says it should only take a few days to clear out all the silt.

Incidentally, the lake is open for all water-related activities.


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