People in Chesterfield sound off about Lake Chesdin water level

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A lot of people are hoping all this rain will help lift water restrictions, but is it enough to refill Lake Chesdin?

People got a chance to sound off  to the Appomattox River Water Authority about the reservoir's historic low water level.

One board member says it will take significant rainfall to fill up the lake, a night like this isn't going to do the trick.

About three hundred people came out to Matoaca High School Thursday night and many of them had a lot to say.

They're tired of all the finger pointing and want solutions now.

The rain didn't keep several hundred people from a chance to speak their minds about what's missing from Lake Chesdin.

 "This year is certainly unprecedented we can not and should not ever allow this to happen again," said Kathy Martin.

"If our plan is to related to an act of God to fill us back up we're in deep trouble," said Tom Yeager.

Several people, like Yeager, live on what used to be lake front property.

"For all the hysteria about mandatory water restrictions it's all a drop in the big bucket at what the problem is with  the lake on a daily basis," said Yeager.

Chris Dawson with the Appomattox River Water Authority said the lake is up about ten inches from Wednesday.

But Dinwiddie County Administrator Kevin Massengill said to see a dramatic difference, it will take a couple rain events like the one on this night.

In the meantime, Massengill says a water audit is underway and an emergency waiver has been approved by the DEQ to help conserve water in Lake Chesdin.

"For every gallon that comes through the Mattoax gauge we're able to release that on a one to one basis that's now in place," said Massengill.

"It's good that we're doing an audit and going to look at the drought response plans don't you think we should have done that in 2002 after the first drought than put our heads in the sand and hope we don't  have another one," said Rob Thompson.

Massengill urged people to stay involved as the board works toward long term goals.

 " the lake refilled when the lake refills what to do we do from there what are we doing as far as five ten fifteen years further," said Massengill.

No decision was made on lifting the emergency water restrictions.

The Appomattox River Water Authority Board of Directors will take all the comments into consideration.  They hope to have responses when they meet up again in about two weeks.

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