Sunday, May 08, 2011

Flooding - Round Two

My pictures this week are from Nolin Dam. It is located in Edmonson County, Kentucky.

I grew up in this County and in my young adult life lived in the lake area.

With all the rain and storms that we have had in the past few weeks, the lake's water level has risen to record heights. So I had to see it for myself.

In these pictures the water had risen to 560 feet.

(I did manage to get a few reflection pictures for my Shadow Shot Sunday post)

I can't believe how close the water is to the roadway. Normally this rocky area is alot longer.

This is what the lake usually looks like in the winter, when the water level is at winter pool of 490 feet.

(Even at summer pool of 515 feet you can still see the water's edge clearly)

This is the overflow area. I have NEVER seen water in this area.

Usually the water doesn't reach the tree line by the big rocks. You can tell the water becomes muddy as it reaches the overflow area.

This is the other end of the over flow area. The water is just out of view on the right side of the picture. There were fears that the water was going to reach the highway. The road was actually closed the night before I took these pictures because the water was so close.

But, early the next morning the river's level had gone down enough to allow them to begin releasing the water into the spillway at a faster rate.

I took this picture from the roadway looking down on the spillway.

My daughter and I had been here a few days before and we were able to walk around the walkway seen in this picture. But, once they began releasing the water at a higher rate they closed it off.

There were alot of people at the Dam taking pictures. It was hard for me to get pictures without people in the shot.

The water is pretty rough for a good distance downstream. Makes a pretty picture though.

This poor little tree was nearly engulfed by the water.

Even further downstream near the tailwaters boat ramp the water was half way up the trees. The water was calmer here and it was still a very beautiful scene even with the high water.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and that you head on over to Hey Harriet to see what others have posted this week.


  1. My goodness but the country sure has had its share of rainfall, snowfall, blizzards and flooding this past two seasons. That very last photo with the leaf shadows is so very restful looking.

    Mission Bells in Shadow

    Have a great week.

  2. Being in the desert, it's hard for me to imagine all this water!


    A shadow’s a wonderful thing;
    O listen! Can you hear it sing?
    It tells of a time
    Before there was crime—
    Trust that and you’ll trust anything!

    © 2010 Magical Mystical Teacher

    Poppy Maidens

  3. great shots- Mother Nature really is the boss!

  4. Interesting pictures. It must be amazing to witness the changes. Beautiful though.

  5. These are amazing shots. They are saying our Kootenai River should be reaching flood stage this month & I cringe at the thought. I guess our town used to flood yearly until they built the Libby Dam in '1972. Your photography is very crisp and informative...not many words needed!! Have a good weekend.

  6. Hi Jeanette, thanks for stopping by my blog. Your photos are amazing. Send some of that rain over to West Texas, we NEED it :-)


  7. I love the place. Great shots.

    Have a great week.


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