Lack of rain means lower lakes levels on Tallapoosa

Justin Averette

You may have noticed how the lack of meaningful rainfall this summer on the Tallapoosa River has resulted in steadily declining reservoir levels.  

Alabama Power has been able to slow the decline by being proactive in reducing the minimum flow downstream at Thurlow Dam. But without significant rains, water levels at Harris and Martin lakes will continue to drop.

Lake Martin is already below summer pool, with a current elevation of 489.1 feet (mean sea level). The same is true at Harris Lake, which is currently at 791.5 msl.  

Because of the conditions, the Martin Conditional Fall Extension (CFE) was not implemented on Sept. 1. According to historical data, conditions for a higher fall elevation at Lake Martin only occur, on average, about once every four years.

Alabama Power will continue to evaluate conditions for the CFE until the end of September. But without significant rainfall, it is unlikely those conditions will be met.  

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