Water rising on Lake Chesdin

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - The rain we've seen in the last week has helped the water levels on Lake Chesdin rise nearly back to normal levels. However, so far water restrictions are still in place and officials say they can't lift the restrictions until the lake is full.

Water levels have risen 20 inches in the last day and nearly nine feet in less than a week thanks to a series of rain showers.

Nearby business owners say the water went back to normal almost overnight.

"All the boats was on the dry land and then I come Sunday afternoon and it was full," said restaurant owner Domenico Giambanco.

State officials in charge of Lake Chesdin are hoping another rain shower will fill the lake and allow water restrictions to be lifted.

"I don't know if we'll get full with the most recent rain event," said Chris Dawson with the Appomattox River Water Authority. "If we get any additional rains in the next couple of days we'll definitely be full."

Some Chesterfield County residents say more needs to be done to make sure water restrictions don't become a yearly tradition.

"Mother Nature is doing her side now in refilling the lake, now we have to look at the human side," said resident Ron Stack. "What could we have done to prevent this?"

Ideas like raising the water level a few feet or even looking into building a new reservoir are being considered. Local restaurant owners say more water will mean more business.

"When we have a lot of water, more people come in here with their boat so it's better for business," said Giambanco.

The good news for water levels is water officials say usage typically drops with the temperatures.

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