Rising water levels cause problems for local business on Lake Perry

Published: May. 21, 2019 at 6:34 PM CDT
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Hookers N Reelers is dealing with the rising levels of Lake Perry.

“We’re going to be sloshing through waters, so it’s come up pretty quickly today,” General Manager Sarah Hardesty said.

By Tuesday morning water flowed onto their deck and inside.

“Now we’re just kind of moving the outside stuff in because the water as you can see is coming up over the sidewalk. We’re moving everything up to our top level, then kind of in a holding pattern,” Hardesty explained.

R.J. Harms with the Army Corps of Engineers said Lake Perry is 24 feet above normal levels.

“So 891.5 is the conservation level for Perry and this morning, we’re right at 915,” he said.

Harms said flood waters from Nebraska are overflowing the Missouri River, which ultimately affected many Kansas lakes.

“That Missouri River really allows us to make our releases out of these lakes, and since it’s been running so high for so long unfortunately all the lakes that drop into the Kansas River have been holding water,” he explained.

Hardesty said they made an exit plan, and have received a lot of support from the community.

“People have come up out of the woodwork asking what they can do to help, what can they donate, generators, can they donate trailers, can they donate storage space, can they carry boxes,” she said.

As they continued moving items out of water’s reach they hope it won’t slow business down for too long.

“One way or another it’s all going to be okay. We will be back here if not this season, we’ll be back next season. Hopefully we’ll be back this season,” Hardesty said.

Officials will continue to monitor the lakes and Missouri River.

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