Weiss Lake is now three feet eight inches above the full mark and is in the flood stage with many docks, piers, and boat houses underwater or partially submerged. Alabama Power is now predicting the lake to crest on Friday at 569.5 feet which is almost two feet above where the lake is now which will cause more flood damage.
While Weiss is flooding, some areas along the Coosa south of Southside in Etowah County is 5.5 feet below full according to the Alabama Power information on their web site. Alabama Power Shoreline Management employees tells WEIS Radio News, the difference is that Weiss is a flood containment lake and the easement at Gadsden is only one to two feet above the 502 feet full mark. However, that did not answer why Henry Neely is 5.5 feet below full while Weiss is running over. The Shoreline Management spokesperson said Alabama Power is pushing as much water as they can down stream without flooding the Gadsden area around the Mall. They did say the narrow passage at Minnesota Bend on the Coosa River south of Gadsden is preventing the water from over filling the Southside area.
Weiss Dam is running all three generation turbines with some flood gates open according to the report. One thing for sure is no matter what is happening downstream of Weiss, the situation above the power house is going to get worse before it gets better with more rain predicted tonight after midnight and Wednesday.
We spoke with Cherokee County Engineer, Cory Chambers, he tells WEIS News the roads which are normally covered with the rising of the lake are already covered and they do not expect much more difficulty around the lake.