Lakes Fill Up, Business Booms

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

Fish are about as easy to predict as the weather. Just ask Peggy Williams, she's been fishing Lake Somerville for more than a decade. However on Wednesday, the fish weren't biting as well as she'd like.

"I have not had good luck, the water is just too high for it to be real good fishing,” said Williams.

Don tell that to business owners at the lake. Just a few weeks ago when the lake was dried up and so was business.

"The drought affected so much stuff. It took out the trees. It took away the business,” said Sherri Carver. Carver owns Lake Somerville Marina and knows the difference a little rain can make.

At 5' above normal, the marina looks much different now than it did just five weeks ago when beaches were dry and boats docked there were sitting on rocks. Carver thought the marina might go under.

"We don't ask anybody for anything but we were fixing to have to go to the bank,” said Carver.

However, business is rising with the water levels. In fact, Carver says it is up 80%.

"We go from one extreme to the other, but this is the extreme that we like. We don't care for that drought,” said Carver.

Just as the business owners waited patiently for rain, Williams and others will hold out for that first bite.

"I'd like for you to see me catch fish, but it don't look like it's going to happen,” said Williams.

The long-range forecast for this summer looks different depending on who you ask. The National Weather Service is predicting a pretty average Summer when it comes to rainfall.

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